Rivaldo says that resting Lionel Messi against Sevilla could be a good idea. He explained: “The Sevilla game is an important one, but there is a long way to go in LaLiga Santander and protecting Messi now could have its benefits in the future. Because it allows him some more days to recover from this week at a time where he’s still not fully fit.”
Spain have named their squad for European qualifiers against Norway and Sweden, and midfielder Sergio Busquets is the only Barcelona player included in the 23-man list. Jordi Alba misses out due to injury, while Sergi Roberto has been overlooked.
Luis Suarez’s brace against Inter Milan on Wednesday means he has moved into third place in the club’s list of all-time goalscorers in the Champions League. The striker has netted 22 in the competition, Rivaldo has 22 and Lionel Messi 112.
Lionel Messi will have gone 134 days without scoring for Barcelona on Sunday, his longest streak since 2006-07. His last goal came against Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey, and he is yet to open his account for the new campaign after an injury-interrupted start.
Barcelona were offered the chance to sign Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij but said no. The Spanish champions did talk about the possibility of bringing the centre-back to the club but decided against the idea.
Barcelona have denied reports they have been in touch with River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo about replacing Ernesto Valverde. Reports in Argentina have suggested he has been under consideration but the Catalan giants have denied the speculation to Sport.