Ronald Koeman announced it at a press conference on Tuesday. Lionel Messi will have to rest in the Champions League for Ferencvaros-FC Barcelona on Wednesday. “”It’s not common, but there have been two times in this season’s schedule that Leo has been able to rest in Kiev (against Dynamo last week, where Barça qualified 4-0 in the round of 16), and also tomorrow (Wednesday), “said Koeman.
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“”We have already qualified and that influenced my decision to give other players a chance and because of the game on Saturday (against the promoted Cadiz) is important for our trajectory in La Liga“added the coach, who wanted to spare Messi, German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen and Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.”The rest of the season it is (Messi) won’t be able to breathe because we have to play La Liga, the Spanish Supercup, the Copa del Rey… “added the Dutch technician, who was appointed in Barça in August.
“”He may have had some difficulties early in the season and it won’t be a 30-goal season … But he works well, he remains a very important and crucial player in our attack“said Koeman, who discussed his free time with Messi before sparing him. The Dutch technician also wanted La Liga to withdraw the yellow card inflicted on the Pulga against Osasuna on Sunday for his tribute to Diego Maradona,” died on Wednesday at the age of 60.
Lionel Messi celebrated his goal by taking off his Barça shirt to reveal a tunic of his late compatriot in the red and black colors of Newell’s Old Boys (Rosario’s Argentine team), raising his arms and eyes to the sky, warning of the gesture . “”There are standards that say that taking off your jersey is worth a yellow card, but on the other hand everyone knows why they did it. It’s a committed move for Maradona and it needs to be understood. The final decision is not mine, but if I did I would take it away (yellow), “said Koeman.
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