PRESENCE OF LEO CONDITIONS EVERYTHING
Koeman waits for Messi to decide the eleven of the final
Published:16/01/2021 - 12:18h
Updated:16/01/2021 - 16:06h
Ronald Koeman is still not clear about the eleven that he will draw for the final of the Super Cup because of Leo Messi. The '10' is still a doubt for the game and its absence could cause some change in the lineup
Leo Messi was the big absence in the FC Barcelona in the semifinals of the Supercopa of Spain. The Argentinian not even dressed of short against the Real Sociedad and saw the meeting from the terracing with nervousness. Luckily, in spite of the drop of the '10', the Barça gave a good image and of the hand of a big Marc-André ter Stegen classified for the big final winning in the batch of penaltis.
After this triumph, to the Barcelona expects them the Athletic Club this Sunday in the Stadium of the Cartuja of Seville. The bilbaínos deleted to the Real Madrid in his 'semi' and will be a hard and uncomfortable rival, as they show to be it the majority of times that confront to the Catalans. For the duel, Ronald Koeman has more or less clear his plan, but everything follows at the expense of what happen with Messi.
The captain barcelonista is doubt for the final, but his presence is not neither much less descartada. His muscular problems in the backside of the left leg follow without remitting, but are not grave and could be available for the Sunday. The Dutch trainer expects that it can play and therefore it follows without closing his eleven, although there will be at all confirmed until shortly before the beginning of the crash.
The presence of Leo always does better to the Barça and there is not doubt that the possibilities of the blaugrana will increase in case that it was from the start. It is necessary to remember that the forward was the best against the Athletic in Saint Mamés does some weeks in the victory by 2-3 of the Barcelona in League. The rosarino marked two goals, desequilibró at all times, commanded two shots to the stick and combined wonderfully with all his mates, especially with Pedri, that also was sensacional.
By all this, Koeman expects that it can play the final, since it could be the decisive factor to win the first title of the season. But in case that it can not be, the technician has a 'Plan B' called precisely Martin Braithwaite. The Danish, that already was to title in front of the Real, will go out of start if the Argentinian can not do it. In front of the 'txuri-urdin' cuajó a good performance and was decisive when initiating with a big manoeuvres the played of the goal of Frenkie of Jong.
There will be change of system play or no Messi
It has spoken these last days of the possibility that, without Messi, the trainer of Zaandam change of system and bet for taking out three head offices and two carrileros in the final. This is due to the very high pressure that goes to make the Athletic, as it already did against the Madrid, that could cause serious problems in exit of balloon. Nevertheless, at all it seems to indicate that Koeman go to change the training play or do not play Leo.