Lionel Messi’s reserve role is the talk of the town on Saturday afternoon. The star of FC Barcelona has been passed by trainer Ronald Koeman for the home game with Real Betis.
Koemans assistant Alfred Schreuder explained before the match why Messi had fallen out of the starting eleven: according to the trainer from Barneveld, Messi was not injured, but ‘not fresh’. “We already play so many matches. If a player indicates that he is not one hundred percent fresh, he better start on the bench, as Koeman also said.”
Ziggo Sportcommentator Sierd de Vos agreed that Messi was not one hundred percent fit. “That Spanish reporter asked about an ankle injury. Ankle he said, but he couldn’t think of the English word very well. But that may well be the case: he has had quite a few kicks in the last two games (against Deportivo Alavés and Dinamo Kiev, ed.). So he could benefit from that. “
Barça and Real Betis started their showdown at 4.15 p.m. The Catalans have not won four league matches in a row.
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