Lionel Messi nets two in Barcelona’s win over Girona in friendly


Lionel Messi scored his first targets of Barcelona’s pre-season as trainer Ronald Koeman left Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal off his crew for a moment friendly fit on Wednesday. Messi netted two targets and arrange yet one more in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Girona, Barcelona’s moment coaching fit since Koeman took over as trainer.

The targets have been additionally Messi’s first since his failed try to go away the membership this offseason, following a trophy-less season and the humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals. Messi instructed the membership he sought after to depart, most effective to switch his thoughts after Barcelona refused to permit him to move.

Barcelona posted a photograph on Twitter of Messi and Koeman clasping arms when the famous person ahead used to be substituted at the side of maximum of his teammates with part an hour to move. It appeared intended to ship a message of team spirit between the participant and supervisor amid some of the tumultuous sessions in the membership’s contemporary historical past.

Barcelona is making an attempt to search out new properties for Suárez and Vidal, two avid gamers who at 33 years outdated don’t are compatible into Koeman’s plans to rejuvenate the crew. Spanish media reported that Vidal is on the subject of a transfer to Inter Milan. Juventus’ reported passion in Suárez seems to have cooled in contemporary days. Koeman even left the door open to Suárez staying when the trainer spoke after Wednesday’s victory.

“If Suárez ends up staying, he will be treated like any other member of this team,” Koeman stated. “I spoke to him this morning and we still don’t know if he is going or staying.”

Girona introduced little resistance to Barcelona’s assault, shaped via new signing Francisco Trincão, Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Messi. Messi’s completely positioned move despatched Trincão transparent for the Portugal ahead to sq. the ball to Coutinho, who most effective needed to scoop in the 20th-minute opener.

Messi doubled the lead in the 45th with a shot from out of doors the realm that went in off the upright. Samuel Saiz were given Girona at the scoreboard after halftime prior to Messi were given his brace with a shot that took a deflection off a defender to idiot the Girona goalkeeper.

Koeman stated he used to be happy together with his younger avid gamers, above all with American 19-year-old Konrad de l. a. Fuente, who got here on as an alternative 4 days after he made his debut in the friendly in opposition to Tarragona ultimate weekend.

“If I have to pick one young player to single out, I will go with Konrad,” Koeman stated. “I am happy with him, just like I am with Riqui (Puig) and (Pedro) “Pedri” (González).”

Koeman could have yet one more warm-up fit in opposition to Elche on Saturday prior to Barcelona begins the Spanish league season in opposition to Villarreal on September 27.



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