Solari hopes Messi plays in El Clasico

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Lionel Messi of Barcelona scores his team's first goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on February 2, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Lionel Messi of Barcelona scores his team's first goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on February 2, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

The Real Madrid coach wants the Argentinean superstar to play for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.

Real Madrid and Barcelona will play in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.

The first leg will be played tomorrow at night at Camp Nou, while the second leg is scheduled for February 27th at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

But Barca’s superstar Lionel Messi might not play the first leg of the Semifinal, because of a thigh problem in Saturday’s 2-2 Spanish La Liga draw with Valencia.

“In football, it is good for the best players to play in all games,” Solari said to ESPN as he wants Messi to play this match.

“That is how it is.”

When asked if the doubt over Messi’s participation will change his preparation for the match, Solari replied: “Not at all.”

“Nobody is undroppable in football,” he said after being asked about Vinicius Junior

Madrid will have one less day to prepare for the match, as Barcelona played earlier in the weekend, but for Solari, that’s just something that happens in football.

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“I hope not, although it is curious, to say the least,” Solari said.

“We do not set the calendar, which is for La Liga [authorities] to answer for. We just have to go out there and give our best.”

Madrid has a very difficult month of February, as they take on Barcelona tomorrow in Copa del Rey, then on Saturday, they visit Atletico Madrid.

Next week Los Blancos will play against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, and then will have two La Liga matches: against Girona and Levante.

They end their February month hosting Barcelona in Copa del Rey action.

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