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Date published: 30th, Nov 2020
Lionel Messi rested for Barca trip to Hungary
Lionel Messi has been given a timely rest by coach Ronald Koeman as Barcelona travels to Hungary for a Champions League match at Ferencvaros on Wednesday with their tickets already booked for the next round.
Barcelona top Group G on twelve (12) points from four games, but are wallowing in seventh in the Spanish League a daunting 10 points behind leaders Real sociedad.
Barcelona’s struggling coach Ronald Koeman said the match in Hungary was an excellent opportunity to rest stars and give a run out to lesser lights.
“We wouldn’t normally do this, but the calendar being what it is this year there are only a few opportunities to rest for anyone,” Koeman said.
Goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Brazilian midfielder coutinho will also sit out the match to be fresh for domestic duties.
“Saturday’s match (against Cadiz) is an important one for our progress in the league, and after tomorrow, there will be few opportunities to rest for anyone,” the Dutch man said.
Messi is a key four our attack, if the ball reaches him, there is movement, there is a lot of quality in his passes, said by Koeman.
Barcelona’s back up forward Martin Braithwaite could start on Wednesday after scoring three times in his last two matches.
At the beginning of the season, he struggled a bit more and this might not be a 30 goal season.
“But he is working well, he is still a very important and decisive player in our attack. Leo is a player who always wants to play.”, Koeman said.
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Published on 30th, Nov 2020