FC Barcelona is 9 points away from Atlético Madrid and Diego Simeone’s team has two more matches to play. They face Real Betis and everyone believes that is a good chance to get close, but Ronald Koeman has other priorities apparently and that’s why he left Lionel Messi sitting on the bench.
Which Is the most important competition for a huge club like FC Barcelona? A huge group of fans would say that there is not a less-important competition, they need to fight for all. And, do you know who is the player that most enjoy fighting for all competitions? Yes, Lionel Messi, so why is he on the bench?
Apparently, Ronald Koeman does not want to take risks because he has to face Sevilla on the Copa del Rey semifinals and then Paris Saint Germain on the UEFA Champions League second round. Being out of the UCL that early would be embarrassing, but so would be ending up out of the UCL spots for next season.
Koeman is trying to make Lionel Messi happy so he wants to stay, but he will never get this by axing him from the starting team. Lionel Messi wants to play all, every single game is important for him and for FC Barcelona’s fans. If this keeps happening, we are not going to see Messi playing for FC Barcelona anymore.