Lionel Messi throughout Barcelona’s La Liga conflict vs Osasuna.© AFP
Lionel Messi might be given a well timed relaxation by coach Ronald Koeman as Barcelona journey to Hungary for a Champions League match at Ferencvaros on Wednesday with their tickets already booked for the following spherical. Barcelona high Group G on 12 factors from 4 video games, however are wallowing in seventh within the Spanish Liga a frightening 10 factors behind leaders Real Sociedad. Barcelona’s struggling coach Ronald Koeman mentioned the match in Hungary was a wonderful alternative to relaxation stars and provides a run out to lesser lights. “We wouldn’t normally do this, but with the calendar being what it is this year there are only a few opportunities to rest people and tomorrow is one of them,” mentioned the Dutchman.
Goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Brazilian midfielder Coutinho may also sit out the match to be recent for home 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,” Koeman mentioned.
Messi “is key for our attack, if the ball reaches him, there is movement, there is a lot of quality in his passes,” Koeman mentioned.
“At the beginning of the season, he struggled a bit more and this might not be a 30 goal season.
“But he’s working effectively, he’s nonetheless an important and decisive participant in our assault. Leo is a participant who at all times desires to play.”
Barcelona’s again up ahead Martin Braithwaite may begin on Wednesday after scoring 3 times in his final two matches.
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