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Barca Boss Hints Messi To Play 45 Mins Vs Downs

FC Barcelona Boss Hints Lionel Messi To Play 45 Mins Vs Mamelodi Sundowns

By David Kappel - May 12, 2018 07:14 PM @kappilinho

FC Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said his side will use the game against Mamelodi Sundowns as a training match and hinted that superstar Lionel Messi could play 45 minutes.

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The Blaugrana coach spoke to the press ahead of his side’s second-last LaLiga game at Levante on Sunday.

Valverde also addressed the match against Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns, saying he will prepare two different teams.

His comments suggest Barca superstars such as Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho could play 45 minutes, while he is likely to field a weaker side in some part of game.  

"The friendly in South Africa? We take it as a kind of training, I will do two teams and we will fulfill the club's commitments next week," he said in a press conference, as quoted by @BarcaUniversal.

Barcelona lost their game at Levante 5-4 on Sunday, which was their first defeat in LaLiga this season. Messi was rested during the clash and many expect him to play some part in the so-called clash of the champions on Wednesday.

Read: LaLiga President Comments On Sundowns/Barca Clash

It is the second time that the Catalan giants face off with Masandawana after 2007, when Barca beat Downs 2-1.

Do you think Downs have a chance to beat Barca on Wednesday? Have your say in the comments section below.


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tshoshandros Joined: 15 Nov 2014
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tshoshandros May 15, 2018 10:08 AM
With respect to Motsepe what he is doing is a stupid thing, how could he pay so much for a 90min friendly game with a reserve team. Playing with Bursa won't make Dunu a big team,irregardless of what's happening at Bucs n Chiefs, Dunu will forever comes behind. I always thought Motsepe is a wise man, but he just a stupid man hiding behind his money.
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tshoshandros May 15, 2018 09:59 AM
@doller Team Bucs not Cowza Chiefs never pay millions to play with reserve teams.
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mnce1998 May 14, 2018 04:53 PM
sminof ragabolo
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dellah May 14, 2018 01:55 PM
I don't know y rats nd zebbies r so unreasonable, they faced EPL reserve teams in de past nd Barca is bringing their strong team but they seems to be unhappy with dis friendly game
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Gustin Sirino May 14, 2018 11:30 AM
@Xolisa{khosificated} Jelousy make you grow horns, its a friendly against Barcelona its always going to be important
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Gustin Sirino May 14, 2018 11:28 AM
Also Percy will play 45 minutes as every player must experience this and sundowns don' t want to risk champions league
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Shenge_Velobala May 14, 2018 10:23 AM
What was Sundowns?
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magents02 Joined: 07 Feb 2012
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magents02 May 14, 2018 07:08 AM
@lucky555 thank you my brother you are a true legend of football. People like you that are scarce
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magents02 May 14, 2018 07:06 AM
People must learn that any friendly is part of training match, whether we play Swallows or Madrid it doesn't make any difference. The coach is just expressing himself nothing much
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mitchvich May 13, 2018 10:01 PM
@kamuke You're overreacting. Most friendly games could be referred to as preparation games or training games. SA league is weaker than La Liga, and Downs is weaker than Barcelona, and there's no need to cry foul over such words. I pray he plays a "weak" team and gets beaten
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kamuke Joined: 03 Feb 2014
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kamuke May 13, 2018 03:41 PM
That's ridiculous if he aim not to use his best starting 11 it is also an insult b4 the kick off,to say it's also practice on his side while Sundowns talks about facing a full strength Barcelona leaves a lot of questions regarding the importancy of this match,this coach undermines our football,league and country,I am not a Downs fan but this match need to be cancelled
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Xolisa{khosificated} May 13, 2018 03:28 PM
Hahaha training match while others are making noisy as if its a world cup final
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LeCowhlohlo Joined: 07 Oct 2016
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LeCowhlohlo May 13, 2018 02:45 PM
You are the one who is in charge. Do whatever you want, even though you can opt to not field him its ok, just like Pitso rested his key players against Celtic.
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LeCowhlohlo Joined: 07 Oct 2016
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LeCowhlohlo May 13, 2018 02:42 PM
We will see.
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal May 13, 2018 01:59 PM
Ok
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Bongz4bucs.. Joined: 30 Jan 2018
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Bongz4bucs.. May 13, 2018 01:54 PM
Let's them play their team B ...Sundowns will beat them with a margin score..i fully support KaBoyellow on this one
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Bigjack May 13, 2018 01:26 PM
@MatayitayiBend down & look under your mother's lleggss you will see pigs
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FIFA behind chiefs Joined: 24 Jan 2018
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FIFA behind chiefs May 13, 2018 12:10 PM
U failed to beat maritzburg and Celtic so u think u can beat barca
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lucky555 Joined: 12 Jun 2015
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lucky555 May 13, 2018 12:08 PM
I'm a Chiefs fan but jealous will coz heart attack in others pple must learn to give credit were its due Sundwns players deserve this thy have to rub shoulders wth the best,Chiefs nd Pirates used to play wth European teams too Sundwns fans were not saying bad things about it.Learn to appreciate my fellow Chiefs fans this is for football lovers.
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Kemisomolokele@gmail.com May 13, 2018 11:27 AM
All da best to Downs though we all know there is no way they can beat barca I mean even Madrid faiĺed to ñtlk alĺ the teams in Spain

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