Valverde explains decision to play Lionel Messi late against Sundowns
Valverde confirmed that Messi didn’t train with the team on Tuesday, but said it was nothing major as the left-footed player is still struggling with flu. However, the technical team felt it was important for Messi to participate in the match, probably because of the huge support the 30-year-old enjoys in South Africa.
“We are all struggling with flu, but it’s nothing major. I think it was important for Messi to participate towards the end of the game. He’s a player that has been playing a lot for us, but it’s nothing serious,” Valverde told the media.
“It was a good game. They surprised us a little bit because they were very fast. The speed of the team was very high,” he said.