Barcelona Coach Ronald Koeman has explained the reason why he left Lionel Messi out of his starting XI for Saturday’s clash against Real Betis.
The captain started on the bench but came on at half-time with the score at 1-1 and inspired his team to a 5-2 victory at the Camp Nou.
Koeman admitted that Messi hadn’t been quite 100 percent before the game and that’s why he wasn’t included in his starting XI.
The Barca boss also spoke about Antoine Griezmann who had something of a rollercoaster game.
The Frenchman missed a penalty but then did score Barcelona’s second of the match and earned praise from his manager.
The goal was just Griezmann’s second for Barcelona in nine appearances in 2020-21.