‘Messi wasn’t fit to begin’ – Koeman uncovers why Barcelona star was sidelined against Betis

The commander was an unexpected nonattendance from the firing line-up, yet his novel abilities were indispensable in saving his side from dropping more focuses

Barcelona mentor Ronald Koeman moved to scatter any discussion over sidelining Lionel Messi on Saturday, after the Argentine made advances on guarantee his side’s Liga triumph over Betis.

Messi was an unexpected exclusion from the Blaugrana firing line-up as they hoped to end their difficult run of four association games without a triumph at Camp Nou.

Significantly time, notwithstanding, Koeman previously required his essence, tossing him into the activity with Barca stopped at 1-1 against the Seville side.

Young sensation Pedri adjusted Barca’s 5-2 win in stoppage time, however after the game everyone’s eyes were on Koeman and his hazardous choice to avoid Messi with regards to his firing line-up.

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“We conversed with Leo, who emerged from the Dynamo [Kyiv] game with a niggle and he was not fit to play from the beginning,” the Dutchman disclosed to columnists after the last whistle.

“He was on the seat in the event that we required him. On the off chance that he was actually OK, he would have played from the beginning.”

Barca’s ongoing woeful run of structure saw the Catalans drop as low as fourteenth when they took the field on Saturday, increasing the tension on Koeman after a modest bunch of games in the post.

Furthermore, however they required Messi’s mystical mediation to take three focuses, the mentor was satisfied to see his side making possibilities, while singling out Griezmann’s commitment as the Frenchman skiped back subsequent to missing a first-half punishment.

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“It is a major success for the amount we required the focuses and I am content with our assaulting play,” he added.

“We made a ton of peril, with a ton of possibilities. The draw at the break was not reasonable.

“We were better, missed a punishment and had more possibilities. We had the right to score in the subsequent half.

“I trust [Griezmann] continues functioning as he has done as such far. You must be there so as to miss.

“I’d prefer to feature his character in remaining here and proceeding to buckle down. He knows entirely well that he has botched opportunities. Regardless of his misfortune, he’s consistently there to score.”

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