Koeman decides to leave Messi at home after conversation: ‘Two moments for rest’

FC Barcelona trainer Ronald Koeman once again gives Lionel Messi a rest in the Champions League. As in the duel with Dinamo Kiev, the Argentine star is missing on Wednesday also during the visit to Ferencvรกros.

Apart from Messi, Marc-Andrรฉ ter Segen and Philippe Coutinho are missing from the competition selection. โ€œMessi always wants to play and its good that he has this mentality,โ€ says Koeman at the press conference. โ€œBut I have spoken with him and made the decision to give him peace. With the calendar of this season there were two moments for this: in Kiev and Wednesday. The rest of the year he may not get rest because we play every three days.โ€
Koeman also argues that he wants to give other players a chance. โ€œAnd the game of Saturday (out at Cรกdiz, red.) is also important.โ€ The Dutch trainer mainly struggles with the necessary head care in the back. Samuel Umtiti will win competition rhythm at Barรงa B on Wednesday, while Ronald Araรบjo will meet again but is still missing in Hungary. Among others, Frenkie de Jong is a central option in the back.
After four duels, Barรงa is still clear in group G of the Champions League and therefore certainly a place in the next round. In the last two duels, the Catalans defend a three-point lead over Juventus for group profit.

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