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Barcelona rest Lionel Messi, Frenkie de Jong in Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv

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The Champions League has been Barcelona’s secure haven this season, a lot in order that the membership will depart Lionel Messi at dwelling for Tuesday’s match in Ukraine.

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is resting Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the sport against Dynamo Kyiv, when the Catalan membership can safe a spot in the knockout stage for the 17th straight season.

“Neither Leo nor Frenkie are traveling,” Koeman mentioned Monday. “They need some rest. With nine points in our group, we are in a comfortable situation and we have to keep them fresh.”

Messi has performed in each match to this point this season after having his request to go away the membership denied in the offseason. De Jong had additionally performed in each match, and each additionally frolicked with their nationwide groups.

“In Leo’s case you also have trips to South America (to play with Argentina),” Koeman mentioned. “We have to protect our players. It’s impossible for them to play every match and always be at their best. Everyone knows that, but we have to keep playing several matches. FIFA and UEFA should take action because it’s impossible to be playing all these matches.”

Barcelona’s good marketing campaign in the Champions League has been the one good factor for the membership lately. It doesn’t have a president in cost, it’s coping with monetary difficulties, a number of of its gamers are injured and it has struggled in the Spanish league.

Barcelona is coming off a loss to Atlético Madrid that left the crew in 12th place in the Spanish league after eight matches.

“We can’t be happy with our results, but we need to stay motivated,” Koeman mentioned. “We have another match tomorrow (Tuesday) and we are one step away from advancing, so we have to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The membership is being led by a managing committee since former president Josep Bartomeu and his board of administrators resigned after the fallout from the Messi disaster. The membership additionally has been in the center of adverse negotiations with gamers to regulate their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In the match against Atlético, Barcelona additionally misplaced two gamers due to accidents — Sergi Roberto with a muscle harm and Gerard Piqué with a critical knee harm.

“(Piqué) represents a significant absence,” Koeman mentioned. “He has been here for several years and has great personality. It’s sad for the team and for the club. It’s tough, but we have to accept it and try to solve the problem.”

Koeman mentioned he might use a participant from the “B” crew to make up for the scarcity in central defenders. He may use 21-year-old Óscar Mingueza to play alongside Clément Lenglet, as Ronald Araújo is getting back from an harm. De Jong has performed as a central defender and is an choice for Koeman in future matches.

“We can’t take any risks because we have very few central defenders,” he mentioned.

Lenglet mentioned he can be prepared to play on the suitable facet if wanted.

“It’s not my usual position, it’s a bit different, but I can do it to try to help the club,” he mentioned.

Barcelona has gained its Champions League group each time since 2007-08, and it hasn’t misplaced a bunch match because the 2016-17 season. Dynamo Kyiv is making its first group look since that 2016-17 season.

With three victories from three matches, Barcelona leads Group G forward of Juventus and has an eight-point benefit over each Dynamo Kyiv and Hungarian membership Ferencváros. Juventus has six factors.


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