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The FC Barcelona visit Dynamo Kiev this Tuesday to play the fourth day of the Champions League, being able to seal his go to the round of 16 of the competition. Koeman’s men return to the oasis this season, where they continue with full victories demonstrating a better level and greater effectiveness in Europe, unlike LaLiga, where they have a victory in the last six games.
The Dutch coach, however, proves to have confidence in your staff, beyond individualities, seeing them fully capable of taking the game forward. For this reason, the two players who have played the most minutes this season have been left at home: Leo Messi and Frenkie De Jong.
“It is a good moment to rest for Messi and De Jong“Koeman assured, also leaving a message to FIFA.” It is time for them to reflect on the match schedule because it is crazy to think about how we have to play like this, “he added.
This excessive accumulation of minutes is the great concern of the Barça coach, mainly for prevent injuries from further devastating the list of available players, after the plague of casualties that Barcelona is suffering, thickened after the fateful game against Atlético de Madrid, losing for a long period to Sergi Roberto Y Gerard Piqué.
The versatile lateral will be out for the next two months for a tear in the rectus femoris. For its part, the center-back could miss the entire season with a complex knee injury. Piqué suffered a grade three sprain in the internal lateral ligament and an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee, which if surgery required, will take him off between six and eight months, although no decision has yet been made on this.
Adding the losses of Messi and De Jong by technical decision, the recent ones of Sergi Roberto and Piqué, and the already known ones of Araújo, Umtiti, Ansu Fati and Busquets, Barça has a team with very few troops left. Everything indicates that Koeman will have to align an eleven ‘Frankenstein’ with players out of position or throwing away team players inexperienced, especially in defense, where Lenglet is the only healthy footballer.
To accompany the Frenchman, according to the latest information close to the culé environment, it will be the youth squad Oscar Mingueza the one that comes out in Kiev, in which it would be his debut with the first team. Koeman already admitted at Monday’s press conference that “it’s a posibility“for the game because” when there are casualties we give opportunities to other players. “
Despite not being an excessively complicated rival, Dinamo already stood up to FC Barcelona in the first leg at the Camp Nou, putting them on the ropes after winning 2-0. However, it will be a good meter to analyze various aspects of the team: from how they develop without Messi to how they take flight after the blow against Atlético.