Lionel Messi, as incredible as he is, is still only human and even the great Argentinian can get tired from time to time, although he’s reluctant to sit out.
Messi’s “load management” is one of the things that Setien will have to address sooner or later.
It looks like the new Barca manager is fully aware of this. He spoke about resting his star player, saying:
“No one can escape who Leo Messi is,” Setien started, as reported by Marca.
“With all the players, when I want something, I will try to convince them that it is the best for them.
“I try to convince, rather than impose. They usually end up listening to me.”
Barcelona will travel to face UD Ibiza tomorrow.
This should be a perfect opportunity to rest the Argentinian as Valencia awaits at Mestalla on the weekend.