Monday, 8 June 2020

Messi is in perfect shape - Setien

Messi is in perfect shape - Setien

Barcelona coach Quique Setien has revealed Lionel Messi is fine and that he wants to have him on the pitch always as La Liga resumes.

Barcelona will be playing their first game since the lockdown this weekend and Setien hopes all his players will be available as there will be lots of games to play in a very short period.

Speaking with Moviestar Setien spoke about the availability of the club's captain Lionel Messi and the also Luis Suarez who is a double for the Mallorca game. He also talked about how the squad is feeling knowing that the league will be back in a few days.

'There's always a certain amount of pre-match jitters. Returning to full competition is what really matters right now and especially under this new set of special circumstances. There's always a bit of uncertainty, apprehension, but we can't wait for it all to start up again. Although we have liked to have
had more time training with the full squad.'

Speaking about if Messi will be available to play against Mallorca, he said:

'There were other players who have missed training. As a precaution, like with quite a few of the others, he has a sprain and it's nothing serious. He's in perfect shape and won't have any problems playing.'

'He's in the same position as everyone else. We will have to look at what the team needs, what the circumstances are and bearing in mind that we don't have a bid squad. Obviously I'd rather have Messi always out on the pitch, but we'll see how it all turns out.'

Setien also commented on Luis Suarez's fitness and if he will be available.

'He's one of the doubts we have right now,' Setien said

'He's actually very well. He's managed to withstand the rigours of full training, he's in pretty good shape - much better than we'd hoped. The doubt we have is that there is always a bit of uncertainty when a player has undergone an operation. We'll see how he gets on this week before deciding whether he can start or come on later as a sub.'

The Barcelona coach also point out is view about playing behind close door and claim it doesn't really players that much once they are on the pitch.

'Once I had to play a game behind closed doors and it doesn't really affect you that much. Once you're out on the pitch, you're focused on the game. In some ways you notice it's different but we hope it won't affect our game or hat we have to do. It's the same for every team - we're all going into the
unknown. It'll be a nit strange.'

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