Leo Messi has turned on all the alarms of the Barça. As if the ones that signal a possible escape in summer weren’t enough, the physical ones are also activated. He has problems. The discomfort in the back of the thigh that arose after the game against him Pomegranate they played again on Tuesday and in training before the game against Real Sociedad, the Argentine was absent.
Nobody expected it. Especially after Koeman’s words at the press conference prior to the clash with the Basques, in which he came to say that the headgear, including Messi, they would arrive at the appointment. He and Araujo they were the two who arrived with discomfort. The center-back recovered smoothly and started. But the Argentine did not even finally enter the call, he was ruled out.
His absence weighed. Before the Real society A fragile team was once again seen, inert depending on what stage of the game. While the gasoline of the Real lasted, the culés were seeing them coming. The null aim of the txuri-urdin and an exalted Ter Stegen with Messi’s aura they solved the tie in favor of the Barça. The signs that the Blaugranas were returning were worrying.
Without the Argentine, the Barcelona it becomes more vulgar, more common. The quality of the rest of the squad is undeniable, there is raw material of carats, ready to continue growing, but in this era of tactical football that differentiating and intimidating plus is needed that it offers Messi or at least the version of it that had been appearing again in recent weeks. His physical and even mental improvement was reflected in his game contributing more, appearing more and scoring more. Four goals in his last two games credit him.
But Barça got the pass. He had to resort to the penalty shoot-out and which he possibly follows today to Messi on the scale of the best player of the squad, Ter Stegen. The German is a sure thing and he got all his potential from eleven meters. He guessed the direction of all the throws and only the ones who executed it perfectly entered (Merino and Januzaj). With his performance from eleven meters, the ticket was sealed at the end of this weekend at La Cartuja in Seville and the big question that the Catalans are now asking is: Will the Argentine be against Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao?
The images you captured OKDIARY at the Eurostars Palace hotel in Córdoba just when the Barça They left him heading to El Arcángel, which worries the Catalans a lot. In them you can see a slight limp of the Argentine on the way to the bus that turns on all possible alarms and raises the possibility that the Argentine does not have a simple discomfort in the thigh and that this ailment could have increased after the session on Tuesday , making Wednesday’s one impossible.
In fact, after the game, Ronald Koeman He commented that “with Leo we have to wait to see if he is fit to play”, much less flattering than in his previous speech when he thought he would be there to play the semifinal. Something has changed from one day to the next with the Argentine who is now being questioned even if he will be available this Sunday. Without knowing who will be his rival yet, the wear and tear left by the duel against Real and the demand in such a short period of time with a new game and with such a short squad further increase the need to recover Messi.
But the final, the first title of the season and the first for Koeman, is not the only thing that worries. After the Super Cup, the Barça has to play his tie of Copa del Rey before him Cornellà and immediately afterwards The league with two days without rest before Elche at Martínez Valero and then before him Athletic of Bilbao at the Camp Nou.
The team must remain alive in the domestic competition and must continue its fight for the League title despite the difficulty posed by the Athletic. Hence, doubts also arise about the suitability of forcing the Argentine or not, of whether it is really necessary to give him minutes in the final of the Super Cup or it is better to reserve him thinking about the entire second round of the league, the Copa del Rey and the round of 16 of Champions League before him Paris Saint Germain.