◼️ With the ‘Copa del Rey’ Final close, the FC Barcelona coach mentioned that they could give Messi a rest in the match against Celta.

FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Monday he could give rest to Argentine star Leo Messi in Tuesday’s league match against Celta de Vigo to protect him in the face of the Copa del Rey final on Saturday against Seville.

“It’s a possibility like others and there’s nothing to worry about, the other day he played a good game (against Valencia)”, Valverde said of Messi.

“There is still a lot of time until the World Cup”, he reassured when asked about Messi’s chances of reaching the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

As for Tuesday’s game against Celta, Valverde said that for Barça “the incentive is the possibility of adding three points, knowing what we have left and knowing what we need to be champions”.

Barça leads the league with 11 points more than Atlético de Madrid, when they have 18 points remaining to dispute. With the Cup Final on Saturday against Sevilla, Valverde could make rotations against Celta.

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