Default
News Article  | Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Barca Boss Slammed For Resting Messi

FC Barcelona Boss Slammed For Resting Lionel Messi

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 15, 2018 06:30 PM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde rested superstar Lionel Messi on the weekend, ahead of their clash against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday, a decision that did not go down well with many.

Barca Boss Hints Messi To Play 45 Mins Vs Downs

The manager left the Argentine out of his squad for the Blaugrana's league fixture against Levante on Sunday night, in which they suffered a shocking 5-4 defeat, which ruined their chances of going the whole campaign unbeaten in LaLiga.

Spanish top flight expert Terry Gibson has since slammed the manager's decision to go easy on Levante, insisting he should never have let the chance to go all season unbeaten in the league slip.

"If you're going to go to week 37 with that record in mind, and then play that team, with two games to go and leave out Messi, who's not even on the bench and didn't travel, I don't understand," Gibson told LaLiga Weekly.

"You've got Sergi Roberto injured, Samuel Umtiti injured, do you then need to make further changes in the back four? It was a mystery why Valverde made so many changes.

"I can't see them getting any closer (to going a season unbeaten). It wasn't like they had to play Real Madrid or any of the other big teams in their final two games.

"They had Levante away, Real Sociedad at home. They'd gone 36 unbeaten, and it was there to be done.

"It was a unique chance to do something historic, and their team selection, attitude, and the performance of Levante were the reasons it came to an end."

Read: Chaos As Ajax Verdict Reshuffles League Table

Barca will take on PSL champions Sundowns in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup on Wednesday evening, and will play Real Sociedad in their final league game of the season this coming weekend.

Do you think Valverde is to blame for Barca's defeat on Sunday? Let us know in the comments section below. 


31115 views
 
 
 

Related Articles

Comments

5aed7cac2a70b
barca-baccaneers Joined: 08 Apr 2018
No badges available
barca-baccaneers May 16, 2018 04:44 PM
he is not barca material coach his decisions are very questionable we might finish the season with out him next season his game is too much modesty without messi he is just another manager as Mourinho once said messi has something special other players dont have
5a19a7e0aeaf3
chinyama Joined: 31 Aug 2016
No badges available
chinyama May 16, 2018 07:12 AM
yes
Default
MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
No badges available
MR E May 16, 2018 12:53 AM
He has to be blamed, Messi should have played in that game
5bb6efd972506
musah005 Joined: 05 Mar 2017
No badges available
musah005 May 15, 2018 09:32 PM
thañks to levante for spoiling the party
5b065b66a1f1b
kzorog Joined: 13 Jan 2017
No badges available
kzorog May 15, 2018 09:30 PM
That spain for you
Default
clemz7 Joined: 29 Dec 2013
No badges available
clemz7 May 15, 2018 09:04 PM
Shame but it was going to be boring
5b7d3f96f1cab
scoreman99 Joined: 25 May 2017
No badges available
scoreman99 May 15, 2018 08:52 PM
@alizebucs1986 true juju they can't win without him hehe lol
Default
alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
No badges available
alizebucs1986 May 15, 2018 08:22 PM
A one Man Team kikikikiki
5b33cf664bdd3
Mumm_Rubi Joined: 18 Jun 2013
No badges available
Mumm_Rubi May 15, 2018 08:11 PM
Afterall Messi is a normal human being not a machine. We cannot expect him to play all the games. Levante were just too good on the day. We can't say they scored 5 goals because of Messi's absence
Default
vijjox Joined: 20 May 2015
No badges available
vijjox May 15, 2018 07:44 PM
Even if he were there(messi) levante were the better side of the day ,remember barca played some few games without messi they won and what now?blame the coach,? For what better reason? Coach has done well already,but Levante truly were the better side of the night
5bad1521c7939
@azzaniawest Joined: 07 Nov 2017
No badges available
@azzaniawest May 15, 2018 07:43 PM
OBVIOUSLY THE THREE POINTS THEY SUFFERED IS EQUIVALENT TO THE R1OOM MOTSEPE HAD GIVEN THEM
Default
Sifiso Mabizela Joined: 12 Sep 2016
No badges available
Sifiso Mabizela May 15, 2018 07:38 PM
He was reserving Messi for Sundowns
5ab1af1c79623
Ceza@doc.com Joined: 16 Dec 2015
No badges available
Ceza@doc.com May 15, 2018 07:25 PM
he's wrong!
5afb3858dcc9b
tauza Joined: 21 Aug 2010
No badges available
tauza May 15, 2018 07:23 PM
The coach was complacent and disrespectful to fans.
5af5efee59112
Khosism Joined: 11 May 2018
No badges available
Khosism May 15, 2018 07:19 PM
Yes that was not a wise move

Express Yourself

Your chance to say what you need to.

Create your blog

What You May Have Missed