World News – GB – Barcelona fans smoke over ‘genuinely dangerous’ Koeman’s Messi decision


Barcelona fans are not happy with manager Ronald Koeman’s decision to pitch Lionel Messi against Getafe on Saturday The captain, who has made all three appearances so far, will lead the team again despite playing twice for Argentina during the international break

Messi scored the only goal in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Ecuador, then played the 90 minutes against Bolivia in La Paz on Tuesday in World Cup qualifying The game was played at altitude making it physically grueling for the players

The 33-year-old only returned to training at Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, but Koeman had no qualms about placing him straight in his starting XI, a move that didn’t impress the fans

Messi starting here better means he’s resting against Ferencvaros as he really shouldn’t start here it’s really dangerous considering he was playing high in La Paz just four days ago (and a flight transatlantic) #PrayForMessisHamstrings https: // tco / 7uep3JzWGf

Messi shouldn’t start this game for Barcelona Playing two games, one of them at altitude, he really shouldn’t But happy that Pedri, Dembele and Dest start

WTF is Messi starting? The season is long, the list of meetings is full I like the departures of Dest, Pedri and Dembele But… https: // tco / iNRMhetJ9C

Messi doesn’t rest after ninety minutes of high-altitude racing in Bolivia I understand he wants to play every game, but it’s such an irresponsible risk

Koeman’s decision is particularly interesting given that Barcelona have a packed fixture list by the end of the month.After facing Getafe, the team will return to Barcelona to prepare for their first Champions League game against Ferencvaros on Tuesday

The Catalan giants follow up with Real Madrid champions visiting La Liga on Saturday, then head to Juventus in the Champions League four days later in what is a crucial group stage game

Koeman was ordered to rest Messi ahead of the game by former Barcelona and Brazil striker Rivaldo The 48-year-old offered some advice to the Barcelona boss in his column for Betfair

“Barcelona will return to action this Saturday in Getafe, but Lionel Messi may be a little tired after his efforts for Argentina in this week’s World Cup qualifiers, especially since he played at high altitude in Bolivia

« This is not just a problem for Messi, as many other players have had to deal with it recently But Messi is expected to discuss with Ronald Koeman and Barca medics how to conserve his energy

« I think he wants to play this weekend, just like I have done in similar situations during my career, so the decision could be more in the hands of Messi than anyone else. ‘other If he decides to play, it will be difficult to stop him

« In an early phase of the season, however, it’s important to avoid unnecessary injuries and that can sometimes mean he has to rest He could start on the bench but I’m sure Messi will be determined to start , because he always wants to be there « 

The Barcelona boss was asked about Messi’s rest in his pre-match press conference and also whether he thinks the Argentina international could play the next four games in a row

Koeman said Messi returned from international duty « with a lot of excitement, very motivated » and added that his captain is the type of player who « wants to play every game »

Still, Koeman opted to make some changes to his squad In defense, Sergino Dest replaced injured Jordi Alba and starts at left-back It’s a full Barcelona debut for the 19-year-old who played as a substitute in Sevilla draw

Center-back Clement Lenglet returns from suspension to replace Ronald Araujo, while Pedri and Ousmane Dembele had their first starts of the season and the chance to impress

The game is Dembele’s first La Liga start in 2020 after a difficult period with injuries The French forward will be eager to impress after appearing to slide down the pecking order at Camp Nou

The inclusion of Pedri is also an interesting choice for Koeman The 17-year-old has only been at the club for a few months, but has already made two substitute appearances and seems to have already made a big impression on Koeman

FC Barcelona, ​​Lionel Messi, Ronald Koeman, La Liga, Getafe CF, Antoine Griezmann

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