For the first time since the April 2012 Clasico against Real Madrid, Barca failed to register a shot on target during the first half of a home game in LaLiga, although Luis Suarez did have a brilliant volley ruled out for offside.
"People can have a lot of hopes for many things, it is good that they do, we like that, but we're professionals", he told a media conference ahead of their La Liga clash with Getafe. Valverde is quite anxious about the game despite Getafe failing to win on any of their last 12 visits. They defended their box well and we lacked a bit of spark.
Although boss Ernesto Valverde will be less than impressed his star-studded outfit were unable to overcome the Madrid-based club, who were on the receiving end of consecutive 6-0 defeats in Catalonia during their previous two meetings, the 54-year-old will still hold comfort in their seven-point lead over Atletico Madrid, who are the only conceivable challengers to this year's league title.
"We would have liked to have taken the three points, (but) we're coming from a tiring month and logic says you can't win all the games".
Getafe then broke on the counter as Gaku Shibakasi lobbed the ball over an onrushing Marc ter Stegen, the ball sailed over the crossbar.
Yerry Mina was given his LaLiga debut and Lucas Digne also returned to the team, with the pair performing to an acceptable standard.
Mina was caught out, both in possession and positionally, early on but otherwise looked assured as well as being a threat at set-pieces. Between what they pressed and us not being fresh, it cost us.
"It's good news for us that these two players did quite well in a hard role", said Valverde.
Messi won a free-kick and sent the shot spiralling over - the fear for Getafe was that Bruno Gonzalez catching him in the face with a stray boot while he was on the floor might have made the great man angry.
"We did enough to win but we have to recall that Getafe played well too".
Getafe brought on former Arsenal and Crystal Palace midfielder Mathieu Flamini for Angel with 12 minutes to go in an attempt to close out the game and they were indebted to their goalkeeper for some impressive late saves.