The Champions League has been Barcelona’s protected haven this season, a lot in order that the membership will depart Lionel Messi at house 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 within the knockout stage for the 17th straight season.
“Neither Leo nor Frenkie are traveling,” Koeman stated 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 up to now this season after having his request to go away the membership denied within the offseason. De Jong had additionally performed in each match, and each additionally hung out with their nationwide groups.
“In Leo’s case you also have trips to South America (to play with Argentina),” Koeman stated. “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 excellent marketing campaign within 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 within the Spanish league.
Barcelona is coming off a loss to Atlético Madrid that left the workforce in 13th place within the Spanish league after eight matches.
“We can’t be happy with our results, but we need to stay motivated,” Koeman stated. “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 course of troublesome 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 damage and Gerard Piqué with a critical knee damage.
“(Piqué) represents a significant absence,” Koeman stated. “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 stated he might use a participant from the “B” workforce to make up for the scarcity in central defenders. He might use 21-year-old Óscar Mingueza to play alongside Clément Lenglet, as Ronald Araújo is coming back from an damage. De Jong has performed as a central defender and is an possibility for Koeman in future matches.
“We can’t take any risks because we have very few central defenders,” he stated.
Lenglet stated he can be keen to play on the best 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 stated.
Barcelona has received its Champions League group each time since 2007-08, and it hasn’t misplaced a bunch match for the reason that 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.