Barcelona coach Koeman explains 'resting' Messi for Dynamo Kiev trip

Messi left out of Barcelona's squad for Champions League clash against Dynamo Kyiv

Koeman has chose to rest Frenkie de Jong and Lionel Messi for the weekend game after they both played 90 minutes on Sunday following their return from global duty - where they were both heavily involved in action for their respective countries.

Barca travel to Ukraine on top of Group G with a ideal nine points after three games, three points ahead of second-placed Juventus, but they are a lowly 12th in La Liga after losing 1-0 to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

However, Barca have failed to carry the same form against in their domestic competition and are sitting at a lowly 12th after their most recent loss against Atletico Madrid.

According to Koeman, he has made a decision to rest Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the European tie because they are in a good position in their group but are struggling in 12th place in LaLiga.

Sevilla would also just about seal their qualification for the knockout stage if they can win away to Russian side Krasnodar, but injuries and the coronavirus have also limited the options of coach Julen Lopetegui, who included five B-team players, Alfonso, Adrian, Juanlu, Carlos Alvarez and Antonio Zarzana in their squad which flew to Russia on Sunday. Everybody knows this but still we need to continue to play this number of games, it's incredible.

We believe it is a good time for Leo and Frenkie to rest. The European football calendar has been crammed with back to back matches to make up for the loss of three-month time due the pandemic.

Injuries to several key players including Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique have forced Koeman to rotate.



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