Lionel Messi needs rest says Barcelona coach Luis Enrique
Barcelona have traveled to the United States for their pre-season tour. They are set to participate in the International Champions Cup along with a number of top-notch European sides. They have, however, left out the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar from their roster for the friendly competition of preseason.
The logistics of Barcelona s North American tour are tough enough, coach Luis Enrique makes no apologies for letting stars including Lionel Messi skip the pre-season excursion.
The Spanish giants landed in Los Angeles on Sunday to begin preparations for a three-match tour that opens with a game against Major League Soccer s Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.
Enrique and captain Andres Iniesta were fresh off the bus from the airport when they met with the media, the team having been cheered upon arrival at their hotel by a gaggle of Barcelona fans.
Asked if he owed those fans a chance to see players like Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar, Enrique said his first duty was to get those players some much-needed time off.
“That s simple to answer,” he said. “We have to give a certain minimum number of days of vacation for players to recover from a season that is seemingly eternal,” said Enrique, who has excused Messi, Neymar, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, midfielder Javier Mascherano and fullback Dani Alvez from the tour after they competed in the Copa America.
“The bottom line is, these players need to rest.”
Agence France Presse reported Enrique’s dislike for tours owing to the travel demands and the influence of time zones on the players. He said: “As a trainer, the truth is I would rather not do tours.
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