A strange week for a Barcelona that will be back in the picture during the international break. Amidst the absence of many first-team members, Koeman will give four days rest to the squad.
Barcelona went into the break with the double good news of the 5-2 win against Betis, in a match in which Messi shone, and Real Madrid’s slip up at the Mestalla.
Ronald Koeman planned the week and will lower the intensity of the training sessions in a squad that is starting to show some signs of fatigue.
The Barcelona manager will only have 10 players because of the international call ups, and from Thursday, Barcelona will have 4 days off.
The team will return on Monday to prepare for another complicated match, the visit to Atlético Madrid at the Wanda. However, until the internationalists join, now on Friday 20th, Koeman will not be able to prepare for the match against Simeone’s men perfectly.
You have to bear in mind that, after the previous international break, Barcelona suffered a defeat and gave a very bad image in Getafe, something that Koeman hopes to avoid against one of the most in-form teams in the league.
The ten players that have remained with Barcelona during the international break are the following: Ter Stegen, Neto, Alba, Piqué, Junior, Matheus, Riqui Puig, Aleñá, Dembélé and Umtiti.