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Lionel Messi to miss the first Copa del Rey leg vs Sevilla

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Ahead of the Copa del Rey’s quarterfinals against Barcelona, Sevilla manager Pablo Machin analyzed absentee Lionel Messi for tomorrow’s match.

Now that we know Lionel Messi is not going to feature in the first Copa del Rey leg between FC Barcelona and Sevilla, manager Pablo Machin still wanted to analyze the Argentine player as he knows that he probably will play in the second leg.

The Andalusian club is set to receive FC Barcelona’s visit at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Sevilla, they are willing to take the match to the last instance and try to make the best out of Lionel Messi’s absence from the game due to Ernesto Valverde’s decision to rest him.

Manager Pablo Machin confirmed that Munir El Haddadi and Joris Gnagnon are set to miss this match due to muscular problems, something that leaves the club in a delicate state because they will have to use players that the manager wanted to be rested for next weekend’s La Liga match against Levante.

Pablo Machin knows how important Lionel Messi is for Barcelona, he is hoping for the squad to deliver a performance like Levante did against the Catalan club in the Copa del Rey’s previous round.

Sevilla is coming for a home victory and expects to get a great result in order to play the second leg with a considerable advantage.

“If Lionel Messi gets illuminated against Sevilla, either we get a sniper to shoot him or we get him with a tranquilizer,” said Machin via Diario AS.

“We are going to have to do a lot on our part, we will have to play a very good match. Everybody has tried to stop Messi in many ways but the great footballers have manners in which they can get out of any trap that gets set against them.”

“Barcelona has already lost some matches with Messi. We are going to have to compete very well. The ideal thing would be to get a positive result and not let them score any goals, but leaving a clean sheet against Barcelona is very complicated.”

“In order to give the surprising result, we’ll have to win by a margin that doesn’t require us to win by more than one goal in the return leg.”

“I insist, Barcelona also doesn’t like to have Sevilla as their rival for this match. Just like the rest of the squads don’t really want Barcelona as their rival.”

“It is going to be a beautiful confrontation between both squads, let the best team win and let us not suffer any more injuries on any side,” he added.

Manager Ernesto Valverde on his part, has decided to leave Lionel Messi out of the call-up list by a technical decision because he wants to rest the star.

The idea is to play with a squad that is very similar to the one that played at Levante but ended up losing the match, the club needed Lionel Messi for the return leg in order to recover the result that eventually gave Barcelona the next round ticket to the quarterfinals.

There is also confirmation to whether the manager will give Kevin Prince Boateng a chance to make his debut, as Valverde has included the player from the list in tomorrow’s squad and does have a great chance of making his debut with the Catalan club.

The boss will try to give some minutes to academy players with a bright future such as we Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña, but the biggest news is the chances that the Ghana international has of playing his first ever match as a Barcelona player in Copa del Rey against Sevilla.

Pablo Machin’s squad won’t have to worry about Lionel Messi for this match, but they will still have to face a very competitive squad for tomorrow at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

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