Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Lionel Messi will not get a negative rest after the Frenkvarossi match scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, in the fifth round of the Champions League group stage matches.
The Barcelona coach had decided to exclude the trio Lionel Messi, Ter Stegen and Philippe Coutinho from the list of the Hungarian Frenkvarossi match tomorrow, with the aim of resting them on the physical side, especially since Barca has officially qualified for the round of 16 accompanied by Juventus in Group Seven.
The Barcelona coach said, in a press conference, “We had two chances in the match schedule for the current season to give Lionel a rest, against Dynamo Kiev and tomorrow, but there is no time to rest after tomorrow’s match.”
He spoke about Gerard Pique’s condition after the serious injury he suffered in the Atletico Madrid match, saying, “I spoke with Pique. He works every day in Sports City. I am not a doctor, and I have not affected his decision not to undergo surgery on his knee.”
“We can count on Pique this season, but without setting a date for his return, we should not rush to that, and I hope that he plays matches this season,” the Dutch coach added.
And about the possibility of joining a replacement defender to Gerard Pique after his serious knee injury, Koeman said, “This is not the time to talk about the Mercato. We must first know the new president. I do not like to talk about the names or positions that we want to support.”
The Barcelona coach commented on the yellow card that Lionel Messi got for taking off his shirt in the last match, in honor of the Argentine legend Maradona, “There are rules, Lionel got a yellow card for taking off the shirt, but he did so in honor of Maradona, removing the card is not practical, but if It was up to me to cancel this card. ”
The Catalan coach praised the capabilities of Barca striker Martin Braithwaite, saying, “He deserves to play more, he plays very well, but there is a lot of competition between the players in attack.”
It is worth noting that Barcelona scored a 4-0 victory over Osasuna in the tenth round of the Spanish League, last Sunday.
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