Jose Mendilibar, Eibar manager, says Messi only rests during games

Jose Mendilibar, Eibar manager, says Messi only rests during games

- Jose Mendilibar has claimed that Lionel Messi is a smart player

- The 58-year-old Spaniard explained that the Argentine does not need to rest

- Lionel Messi has been impressive this season for Barcelona in all competitions

Jose Mendilibar who is the coach of Spanish side Eibar had made it clear that Barcelona do not need to rest Lionel Messi for their coming La Liga encounter this weekend.

He saluted the Argentine footballer star that he is a brilliant player who can easily rest on the pitch while still playing for the Catalan giants.

Barcelona will be facing Eibar on Saturday, February 20, and there have been reports that Lionel Messi could be rested for the encounter.

This is because of Barcelona's next game which will be in the Champions League against Napoli as the Nou Camp club will want to excel this term in Europe.

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But the 58-year-old Spaniard explained that it makes no difference for Barcelona chiefs to rest Lionel Messi because he is smart enough to give himself a relaxed role on the pitch.

''I don't think Messi rests, "This b*stard rests in the game. He knows when he has to participate, when to rest.

"If he was given the day off he would have a worse time watching from the stands and get more tired,'' Jose Mendilibar explained according to the report on Goal.

Mendilibar and his wards are currently occupying 16th position on the Spanish La Liga standings and they are three points above the relegation zone.

A win for them against Barcelona this weekend will help them in their quest to escape relegation this term.

Barcelona on the other hand are occupying second position on the table and a win for them could take them to the top considering the result of Real Madrid.

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Last season, Barcelona won the Spanish La Liga title, but they failed to lift the Champions League title after been sent out by Premier League side Liverpool.

They defeated Jurgen Klopp and his men 3-0 in the first leg, but they suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal.

Earlier, had reported how Lionel Messi admitted that the reason why he reacted to Eric Abidal's claims about players not been committed was because he felt offended.

The former Barcelona teammates clashed after the Frenchman accused some players of getting ex-boss Enersto Valverde sacked due to lack of commitment.

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