This is the ideal time for 33-year-old Messi to rest. After all, Barcelona already believes in winter at the highest level. Against Dinamo Kiev, when Messi and Frenkie de Jong were absent, Ronald Koeman’s team had already secured a place among sixteen players. De Jong only exists in Hungary.
“It’s unusual, but with this season’s schedule there are two moments to give Leo a break. In Kiev and tomorrow (Wednesday, ed.). I want to give opportunities to other players and Saturday’s meeting (away against Cadiz. Ed.) Is very important, “explained Koeman.