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Koeman to risk Messi and De Jong ahead of Real Madrid clash

Sun 04 April 2021 | 14:05

Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong will play against Valladolid despite suspension risk ahead of El Clasico.


will host

Real Valladolid

tomorrow night at Camp Nou, and being four points behind the league leaders

Atletico Madrid

, and given

Real Madrid

’s 2-0 victory over Eibar, the Blaugrana have no other option but to win.

Lionel Messi


Frenkie de Jong

have both been booked four times this season and are one booking away from being suspended for next week’s El Clasico against Real Madrid, however, Barcelona boss

Ronald Koeman

has no intention of resting the aforementioned players in tomorrow’s match.

At a press conference ahead of the Valladolid clash, Koeman said:

"We know that these two players are one card away, but it is not the time to rest players due to cards or freshness.

"We have ten games left. There is always the risk, but the best thing is to put the team out that I think can win the game."

Valladolid have only won one of their last 11 La Liga matches, however, Koeman says they are not going to take the match easy.

"You have to be prepared, you can't think that it will be an easy game,"

the Dutchman added.

"We have to go in with a lot of energy and rhythm and be good with the ball.

"We have to get back to our level. It could be a game without problems, but you always have to work hard to win."

source: SportMob