18 Sep Barcelona information: ‘The concern of ache is out of his thoughts’ – Valverde confirms Messi return however cautious of dashing Argentina star
The Argentina striker is again in full coaching after harm however his supervisor has urged warning over an imminent first-team return
Lionel Messi has skilled effectively in current days however Ernesto Valverde stays cautious of dashing him again into motion when Barcelona face Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
The Argentina star has not featured this marketing campaign as a result of a calf harm sustained in pre-season however was named within the travelling squad for Barca’s opening Champions League group sport at Sign Iduna Park.
Valverde has been happy with Messi’s coaching performances however is not going to decide on whether or not his captain will begin the match till nearer to kick-off.
“We’ll resolve earlier than the sport,” he stated. “It wasn’t very clear per week in the past if he might come, however he was with the team in the previous few coaching periods, ending effectively, taking the concern of ache out of his thoughts. We’ll see what we do.”
Whether or not or not Messi returns, Barca might effectively hand a Champions League debut to Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old who has taken La Liga by storm this season.
Fati grew to become Barca’s youngest ever league goalscorer in opposition to Osasuna final month and marked his full Camp Nou debut on Saturday with a aim and an help within the first seven minutes of the 5-2 thrashing of Valencia.
“I’ve not spoken with him, save for tactical issues,” Valverde admitted. “I do not just like the historical past of giving recommendation. After all I’ll discuss with him, however it’s a must to give him some respiratory area.
“What he’s doing is phenomenal. If he performs, it is not so he can break a file, however due to the wants of the team. We love him.”
Barca have solely misplaced one in all their previous 28 group-stage matches however are below large strain to carry out this season after collapsing within the semi-finals to throw away a 3-Zero first-leg lead over Liverpool.
Valverde believes Dortmund will provide a very good litmus check for his facet, as he appears to be like to place the frustration of the 4-Zero loss at Anfield and the dramatic quarter-final exit to Roma the yr earlier than behind him.
“I count on a rival of the very best degree, a challenger for all the pieces of their nation and in Europe, and a very good yardstick for us,” he stated.
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“It is a competitors by which one unhealthy day can knock you out, even in case you have had a fantastic competitors till that second. The 2 teams within the closing final yr [Liverpool and Tottenham] misplaced extra video games than we did. You may’t neglect even 10 minutes.”
Tuesday’s sport will see Barca come up in opposition to Paco Alcacer, who has flourished since leaving Barca initially on mortgage in 2018.
“Alcacer is a superb participant and he is displaying that for Dortmund and the nationwide team,” Valverde stated. “He is enjoying often with Dortmund. What we find out about him is each a bonus and a drawback.”