Lionel Messi will most likely play in opposition to Villarreal in La Liga this week, as a result of “there’s no appropriate situation for resting” the Argentine celebrity, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde mentioned on Monday.
Barcelona are 10 factors clear on the high of the Spanish League forward of Tuesday’s away recreation, adopted by a house tie with second-place Atletico Madrid on Saturday after which Manchester United away in a Champions League quarterfinal subsequent Wednesday.
“We connect nice significance to this recreation,” Valverde mentioned of the Villarreal recreation earlier than acknowledging that “many individuals have their sights on the Champions League and in addition the Atletico recreation.”
“We’ll see tomorrow about Leo,” Valverde mentioned of his 31-year-old ahead who has 31 league objectives thus far this season.
“The three factors tomorrow are value the identical as these in opposition to Atletico,” Valverde mentioned.
“It’s a excellent match to win,” he mentioned, when requested about rotating his squad. “It doesn’t escape me that our rivals are ready for a slip to feed their hopes of catching us. We don’t need give it any alternatives.”
“There are 9 video games, if we win six we’re champions,” he added. “However having to win six video games doesn’t imply now we have the league gained, now we have quite a lot of work to do.”
Valverde mentioned he didn’t suppose renewed rumours that Antoine Griezmann was going to go away Atletico for Barcelona wouldn’t destabilise both membership.
“It’s the standard stuff, we’re used to it,” mentioned Valverde.