Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insists that Lionel Messi will continue taking penalties for his side, despite missing his third spot kick of the season against Manchester City.
The Argentine had the chance to put his side 3-1 up late on at the Etihad Stadium, but Joe Hart saved his effort from 12 yards.
He also missed penalties against Levante in September and Brazil, while playing for his country, in October, but Luis Enrique is confident that the attacker is still reliable from the spot.
“Those who miss penalties are those who dare to take them and our penalty taker is undoubtedly Leo Messi. We have the utmost confidence in his capacity to take them,” he told reporters.
Luis Enrique went on to say that his side can be very proud of their efforts in Manchester and the performance to go with it.
“The result is deserved and we must be proud of it. It is difficult to close out the result in these matches, but we had a lot of chances.
“In the first half we were very good. We created a lot of chances from midfield and we defended very well. We were very good in all aspects of the game.
“In the second half, our opponents also showed their quality and we had to suffer, but this result is deserved.
“We are very happy with the result.”