I do not regret resting Messi – Valverde

first_imgBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insisted he had no regrets over his decision not to play Lionel Messi despite his side’s 2-0 Copa del Rey loss at Sevilla.Messi was rested for the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with goals from Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder putting the home side on top in the tie.In the aftermath of the defeat, Valverde showed no remorse at leaving the Argentine superstar on the sidelines, claiming it was the right decision. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I do not regret it. It is what I had to do,” Valverde told a news conference.The LaLiga leaders will be forced to overcome the two-goal deficit when they host the second leg at Camp Nou on January 30. Full time. Next week Wednesday 30 January, 21.30 CET, we have the opportunity to come back.  #CopaBarça pic.twitter.com/D8ZdFWcclM — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 23, 2019 Asked if he would play a stronger team in the return leg, Valverde said he was unsure, with Barca facing a trip to Girona on Sunday before Sevilla’s visit three days later.”We have to wait. Today I made changes. I thought it was the best and when you change, you know that you risk,” he said.”And when you win you’re right and when you lose you’re not.”There is an important game on Sunday that we want to win and we will think about the return.”Barcelona are currently five points clear of Atletico Madrid at the head of the LaLiga table.last_img

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