Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has hinted that star man Lionel Messi could be rested this weekend following his side's 1-0 win over Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Thursday evening
The 30-year-old played a key role in yet another B
"When Messi plays the ball, everybody expects many things from him", the Spaniard said in his post-match press conference, as quoted by Goal.
Valverde says there will be a few changes against Espanyol on Sunday. Says run of games catching up on the players.— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) February 1, 2018
"Sometimes it's too much because we have to let Messi breathe a bit.
"It's true he is an awesome player as we have said many, many times. It's a spectacle watching him every day."
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Coutinho looks like a different player away from the right wing. Some nice link-ups tonight, good switches of play.— TalkFCB (@FCBNewsRoom) February 1, 2018
"It's true that Coutinho played on the centre because sometimes Messi likes playing on the right side", Valverde added.
"If that happens we have to readjust a bit. Our idea is Coutinho should play on the sides, when Messi plays in the centre, but he can play everywhere.
"It's true that for Liverpool he used to play on the left but for Brazil he used to play on the right side. He can suit any place forward."