The Champions League has been Barcelona’s protected 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 towards Dynamo Kyiv, when the Catalan membership can safe a spot within the knockout stage for the 17th straight season.
“Neither Leo nor Frenkie are touring,” Koeman stated Monday. “They want some relaxation. With 9 factors in our group, we’re in a cushty scenario and we’ve to maintain them recent.”
Messi has performed in each match to date this season after having his request to depart 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 even have journeys to South America (to play with Argentina),” Koeman stated. “We’ve to guard our gamers. It is unimaginable for them to play each match and at all times be at their greatest. Everybody is aware of that, however we’ve to maintain taking part in a number of matches. FIFA and UEFA ought to take motion as a result of it is unimaginable to be taking part in all these matches.”
Barcelona’s excellent marketing campaign within the Champions League has been the one good factor for the membership not too long ago. 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 staff in 12th place within the Spanish league after eight matches.
“We are able to’t be proud of our outcomes, however we have to keep motivated,” Koeman stated. “We’ve one other match tomorrow (Tuesday) and we’re one step away from advancing, so we’ve to reap the benefits of this chance.”
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 midst of tough negotiations with gamers to regulate their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Within the match towards Atlético, Barcelona additionally misplaced two gamers due to accidents — Sergi Roberto with a muscle damage and Gerard Piqué with a severe knee damage.
“(Piqué) represents a major absence,” Koeman stated. “He has been right here for a number of years and has nice character. It’s unhappy for the staff and for the membership. It’s robust, however we’ve to simply accept it and attempt to resolve the issue.”
Koeman stated he might use a participant from the “B” staff 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 are able to’t take any dangers as a result of we’ve only a few central defenders,” he stated.
Lenglet stated he can be prepared to play on the suitable facet if wanted.
“It’s not my common place, it’s a bit completely different, however I can do it to attempt to assist the membership,” he stated.
Barcelona has received 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.