Barcelona held to goalless draw at Huesca as Messi, Suarez rested

Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw at Huesca, however Ernesto Valverde's side, with celebrity players consisting of Lionel Messi and also Luis Suarez relaxed for Champions Organization game against Manchester United at following week, still moved 12 points clear of Atletico Madrid.

Barca, that welcomed Ousmane Dembele back after injury, gave adolescent midfielder Riqui Puig a debut and likewise began Jean-Clair Todibo, Malcom and Carles Alena.

Huesca's Enric Gallego had a very early possibility, just for his control to allow him down when a capturing possibility wanted to open.

Back came Barcelona, Dembele getting away from a protector on the edge of the area but he was crowded out prior to he could get a shot in.

Arturo Vidal admitted that's Barcelona's listless efficiency on Saturday was partly due to them considering Manchester United. With quarter of an hour gone the site visitors went also more detailed as Dembele was located by Puig, however his strike was saved by Roberto Santamaria, that refuted Jeison Murillo from the resulting corner.

Kevin-Prince Boateng shot over as Barcelona began to take control, however clear chances were rare in the opening half-hour.

Ezequiel Avila was wayward from range for the house group, and then Moussa Wague's cross from the left directly avoided the stretching Boateng.

Gallego discharged vast after taking on a loosened sphere as the initial half ended goalless, with Barcelona a whisker far from damaging the predicament early in the 2nd when Malcom hit the message.

Juanpi was replaced by Huesca with Gonzalo Melero, whose first act was to get in a header that was straight at Barca caretaker Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and after that Juam Camilo Hernandez came on for David Ferreiro.

With 10 mins continuing to be, Barcelona brought on Arthur for Alena, but they were not able to break through and endured a late charge charm when Chimy Avila most likely to ground under a Wague difficulty.

"Of course, we constantly intend to win, but there were some outstanding conditions for us here," Valverde told his post-match news conference.

"We'd played Wednesday [against United] and also we have the second leg on Tuesday. I believed it was time to make changes. It was an examination for the gamers that played, and also I believe they succeeded.

"We had a hard time at the start but we boosted. It was Todibo's very first game with us, and Riqui as well as Moussa were making their organization debuts.

"They all improved as the minutes passed. You have to understand the conditions which bordered the match."

Midfielder Arturo Vidal, who did begin the game, claimed Barca's players had been side tracked by Tuesday's video game versus United.

"We were all thinking about Manchester-- those that were right here and also those that stayed at home," he informed press reporters. "It is going to be hard, however we obtained an excellent outcome over there. The Champions League is every person's desire."