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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored his first goals of Barcelona’s preseason as coach Ronald Koeman left Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal off his team for a second friendly match on Wednesday.
Messi netted two goals and set up one more in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Girona, Barcelona’s second training match since Koeman took over as coach.
The goals were also Messi’s first since his failed attempt to leave the club this offseason, following a trophy-less season and the humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals. Messi told the club he wanted to leave, only to change his mind after Barcelona refused to allow him to go.
Barcelona posted a photo on Twitter of Messi and Koeman clasping hands when the star forward was substituted along with most of his teammates with half an hour to go. It seemed meant to deliver a message of unity between the player and manager amid one of the most tumultuous periods in the club’s recent history.
Barcelona is trying to find new homes for Suárez and Vidal, two players who at 33 years old do not fit into Koeman’s plans to rejuvenate the team.
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Spanish media reported that Vidal is close to a move to Inter Milan. Juventus’ reported interest in Suárez appears to have cooled in recent days.
“If Suárez ends up staying, he will be treated like any other member of this team,” Koeman said. “I spoke to him this morning and we still don’t know if he is going or staying.”
Girona offered little resistance to Barcelona’s attack, formed by new signing Francisco Trincão, Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Messi.
Messi’s perfectly placed pass sent Trincão clear for the Portugal forward to square the ball to Coutinho, who only had to scoop in the 20th-minute opener.
Messi doubled the lead in the 45th with a shot from outside the area that went in off the upright.
The match will be played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
The Catalan giants have picked up pre-season wins against Gimnastic and Girona ahead of the new LaLiga campaign, which begins against Villarreal on Sunday September
The match will be played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus. The match will be televised live on Barcelona’s Barça TV+ streaming service and also on Barça TV. Click here for more information.
Miralem Pjanic and Jean-Clair Todibo joined training this week and could be in line for their first pre-season minutes.
The Bosnian midfielder missed 3-1 wins over Segunda B side Gimnastic Tarragona and Girona this week after testing positive for Covid-19.
Pjanic, who signed from Juventus in a €60 million deal in June, has been back in training after a period of quarantine and could be in contention. ionel Messi-led Barcelona host Elche in the Joan Gamper Trophy final as La Liga giants play their traditional curtain-raiser to the 2020-21 football season. Here’s how you can watch the match live FC Barcelona will wear