Iniesta defended Messi's prominent role in the side, but emphasised that the team can cope without him - as demonstrated by their weekend demolition of Mallorca.
Asked by reporters if the Catalans suffer from 'Messi-dependence', Iniesta said: "Without a doubt, we depend on Messi in the sense that he is a fundamental player for us. When he plays, he's our number one player.
"But we aren't dependent on Messi - he benefits from the way in which the team plays.
"Of course, it's different when he's not playing, but we have a squad and everyone that is in that squad can play and perform to the highest level."