Ernesto Valverde tried to avoid the questions related to Leo Messi, played, with a contracture according to unofficial voices, without diagnosis if Barcelona is attended, who has not issued any medical part of the 10 after he left the Camp Nou limping on Saturday after drawing (2-2) against Valencia. The Madrid visit this Wednesday the stadium azulgrana in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals and still flies over Barcelona the question of whether the Argentine striker will be the game. "I have not seen Messi yet. So all the questions about this uncertainty have no answer. You have one session left. We will see how he is, if he can do it, if he can complete it and if he can enter the squad list ", the Barça coach started.
The incognito was cleared at eight o'clock in the afternoon, when the club issued the list of summoned for the duel. The name of Messi was in it, so La Pulga will be available to the technician. Not so Ousmane Dembélé, since the Frenchman has barely been able to exercise these days due to a flu process that was preceded by a sprain in the left ankle.
Valverde believes that his team will not change their way of playing too much depending on whether Messi plays or not – "Generally, we always play in a similar way: we want to control the game and make goals," he said. LaLiga that Barcelona won at their stadium last October. Then, there was also the 10. In addition, he estimated that the favoritism of one or another team for this Cup eliminator does not depend either on the presence of the Barça captain. "I do not think that in a semifinal between Barça and Madrid there is a favorite. It is an open semifinal. We have the best player in the world, but they also have great players. If Leo is fine, he will play and if not, then he will not play, "he said.
The coach also said that regardless of what the player says, he will make the final decision, taking into account what is at stake and the number of games the team has during the month of February. "I am not in favor of taking risks when there are many games ahead. If tomorrow was the last game or the penultimate would be something else. To risk an injury with a player, be it Messi or whatever, I do not like it. Tomorrow you can not go with the handbrake. "
The Txingurri, on the other hand, responded to his counterpart at Madrid, Santiago Solari, who was skeptical about how the calendar favors Barcelona, who will have more rest than his team. "The calendar is tight for everyone. Sometimes you have to rest more and others, less. We had to go tighter in the tie against Sevilla. It's nothing unusual, or anything special. It affects us all equally, "said Valverde.