Koeman Set To Drop Lionel Messi For Super Cup Final

Koeman Drop Messi Super Cup Final

Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has claimed Lionel Messi will not be available for the Supercopa de España final on Sunday.

Messi missed Wednesday’s penalty shoot-out victory over Real Sociedad due to some “discomfort”.

The Dutch coach said he was still unsure if Messi would be available for the decider.

“First, I am very proud of this team, because if you count all the missing players we have in this moment, I think it is important to have people behind who can help. I think today we fulfilled in every way,” Koeman told a news conference.

“I know Real [Sociedad] had their chances like us. We just managed to win after the penalties.

“Regarding Leo, we must wait the next days to know whether he is able to play.”

Frenkie de Jong had put Barca ahead against Sociedad before Mikel Oyarzabal levelled from the spot in the second half.

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Ter Stegen made six saves prior to the shoot-out, equalling his best tally in a single game for Barcelona this season.

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