Koeman gives Frenkie de Jong a rest for Barcelona's Champions League clash

24 Novembre, 2020, 12:25 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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With Barca top of Group G following three wins to begin their European campaign, Koeman has opted to leave Messi and De Jong out of the travelling squad, with the Catalan club also without Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto after the pair sustained serious injuries in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Frenkie de Jong will not play in Barcelona's Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.

"We've decided not to take Leo or Frenkie because our situation in the Champions League is quite comfortable", Koeman told reporters ahead of Tuesday's game.

Ronald Koeman has made a decision to leave both Frenkie de Jong and Lionel Messi at home for the clash. Apart from playing in all the Barcelona matches so far this season, Messi has also played the full 90 minutes for Argentina four times over the month of October and November in their world Cup qualifiers.

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Pique was hurt during a collision with Angel Correa and was in distress as he departed. "We need everyone. La Liga games before Atletico coach Diego Simeone's first win over Barca.

"We thought it was a good moment to rest Leo and Frenkie as most of our players have played every minute with us and then they played with the national teams and Messi had a hard trip back from South America (after playing for Argentina)".

"Sometimes, you have to protect your players because the calendar is incredible".

But Koeman has insisted he is resting the two players.

The club can not afford another injury after Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto joined Ansu Fati and Samuel Umtiti in the long-term absentee list.



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