Messi may have the ultimate say on the provision of the Supercopa last
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is hoping Lionel Messi will be available for the Spanish Supercopa final on Sunday (Live at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN + in the US) against Athletic Bilbao.
The 33-year-old Messi missed Real Sociedad’s semi-final win on Wednesday with a hamstring injury and didn’t return to full training until Saturday.
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“We’ll see how he’s doing [after Saturday’s session]”Said Koeman to a press conference ahead of his first final, which was responsible for the Catalan club.
“Messi will have the last word. He knows his body best. We hope he is available for the game. You always have a better chance when you have the best player in the world on your team.”
“But every player has to be 100% [fit] to start the game because it won’t be the last game of the season. After this we have many more games.
“It’s about the risk. If he’s not ready, someone else will play and we’ll play the same game without him.”
Barca are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions and Sunday’s final against Athletic is an opportunity to show that they have turned a corner after a stuttering start to the season.
It also offers the chance to win silver goods after last season ended without a trophy for the first time since 2007/08.
“It’s important because it’s a final and a trophy,” added Koeman. “To show that we are on the right track, it is important to win things.
“We know it’s not the most important trophy, but it is a trophy. If you win things, you are on the right track. A game is of course not crucial, but it gives you confidence and shows that you have improved . “
While Barca have been working together on the pitch for the past few weeks, they remain disorganized.
The presidential elections, originally scheduled for January 24th, have been postponed until March due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means they won’t be able to sign in January.
“I’ve heard I’m upset, unhappy and worried,” Koeman said after three presidential candidates Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa vetoed Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, who are available for free will be in summer.
“But I can say that I am fine. I am happy. I know the club’s financial limits very well. And if it is not possible to sign, it is not possible. We will continue with what we have. “
However, players can still leave Camp Nou this month. Carles Alena is on loan out for Getafe and Koeman has encouraged some of the club’s other young players to go out and get experience, despite saying he wants Neto to stay on as a reserve goalkeeper.
“It is true that Neto’s agent asked to leave, but we said no,” said Koeman. “We want to be well protected in every position.”