Junior Firpo makes Barcelona squad for Getafe clash

'I decide what's best for the team': Barca boss Ronald Koeman dismisses dissent from French star Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona will play their fourth La Liga match under Ronald Koeman when they travel to Getafe on Saturday at 8pm.Jose Bordalas' Getafe will face Ronald Koeman's Barcelona on Matchday 6 of LaLiga as football returns in Spain following a two-week global break.

Koeman will have to decide how to organize his defense in Getafe with left-backs Jordi Alba and Junior Firpo both injured: one option could be to play Clement Lenglet on the left with Ronald Araujo partnering Gerard Pique in central defense, or recent arrival Sergino Dest could play at left-back despite being naturally right-footed. In fact, when I was the Netherlands boss, in a game against France, he played on the right against us - which is the same at Barcelona. "This afternoon we have our last training session and we will decide the team for tomorrow", said Koeman. Barcelona seeks to win and three points in the fourth matches of the Catalan giants in the local competition, after a draw in the last round against Seville without goals While Getafe seeks to achieve a positive result against Barcelona in order to achieve an advanced position in the Spanish League Championship, and to move away early from the bottom of the La Liga table.

"I don't have any problems with Antoine, I only look for the best for the team and the club", he said. The coach is in charge and the players must be at their best when they play'.

With a Champions League game against Ferencvaros and the first Clasico of the season against LaLiga champions Real Madrid to come next week, Koeman does not intend to use the Getafe game to rest Lionel Messi. "We know that there is fatigue after being with the [players' respective] national teams, especially for the big teams that have a lot of internationals".

The La Liga 2020-21 Getafe vs Barcelona fixture will be played at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. I ask how they are, if they are exhausted.

Barcelona will aim to return to winning ways when they play Getafe in La Liga 2020-21 on October 18 (Sunday). Besides, if he doesn't play he is more exhausted.

"Leo has spent many years playing in a tight schedule, and if he doesn't play then he feels even more exhausted", Koeman added. If there is a medical issue, it's another matter.

"Against Sevilla he was not up to it", the coach noted.

Koeman had criticised Griezmann for missing two presentable chances in the 1-1 draw with Sevilla at the Nou Camp just before the players departed to represent their respective countries and the Dutchman has sent out a reminder that he alone picks the team. "He is very self-critical. We must not forget that he is very young".

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