Register Login Scores

Barca Boss Hints Messi To Play 45 Mins Vs Downs

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.

Read: Barca Find Surprise Solution For Guard Of Honour Snub

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.

nextarticle

Bundesliga Golden Boot Winner Revealed

Comments

Top 5

Mothiba Rescues Bafana, Nigeria Qualify For Afcon

89 Nov 17, 2018 04:55 PM in Bafana

Okocha: South Africa Is Not Nigeria's Rivals!

19 Nov 15, 2018 08:00 PM in Bundesliga News

Baxter Explains His Disappointment After Nigeria Draw

18 Nov 17, 2018 05:48 PM in Bafana

Ballon d'Or Top Three Leaked?

37 Nov 12, 2018 08:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Out-Of-Favour Striker Scores For Downs Reserves

2 Nov 17, 2018 02:32 PM in MultiChoice Diski Challenge

12 Of The Strangest Contract Requests In Football History

7 Nov 15, 2018 07:15 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Matlaba & Sandilands Among Notable Exclusions From Bucs’ CAF Squad

20 Nov 13, 2018 03:22 PM in CAF Champions League

Okocha: Sundowns Are SA's Top Team

79 Nov 13, 2018 06:30 PM in Bundesliga News

How Khune’s Value Rocketed To R20m+

38 Nov 15, 2018 10:02 AM in PSL

The Top Goalscorers In Europe Update

3 Nov 12, 2018 07:33 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Bafana Player Ratings v Nigeria

7 Nov 17, 2018 06:27 PM in Bafana

Ronaldo: What I Told Angry Higuain After Red Card

9 Nov 12, 2018 08:31 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Uncertain Future For Bucs Defender, Chippa Monitoring?

4 Nov 17, 2018 12:01 PM in Siyagobhoza

Popular on Soccer Laduma