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Koeman on Messi's absence in Champions League clash

Mon 23 November 2020 | 15:03

The fatigue of the match against Atletico led to Messi's exclusion from the upcoming Champions League match.

Barça coach Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Lionel Messi will not travel to Ukraine with the team.

Barcelona prepares to face Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League after losing to Atletico. The Catalan club will play a return match tomorrow at Dynamo, where they defeated the team 2-1 at the Nou Camp three weeks ago.

Barça has won all three of their Champions League group stage games and has a good margin of safety in the table. Koeman has confirmed that he has decided to rest Lionel Messi and Frankie Di Jong for tomorrow's game to recover from the fatigue after the 1-0 defeat against Atletico.

Barça has had poor results this season and has fallen short of expectations. That is why Koeman and the players are under a lot of criticism, and now the Dutch coach has reacted to this as well.

“We know the situation the club is in and what’s to come,” he said. “I’m happy with the work that the players are doing but I’m not happy with the points total that we have.”


source: SportMob