RONALD KOEMAN can’t await the prospect of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo coming head to head as soon as extra as Barcelona tackle Juventus.
The 2 European heavyweights will conflict within the closing recreation of Group G – the place Juve want a giant win to say high spot from Barca.
Cristiano Ronaldo trains forward of Juve’s journey to the Nou CampCredit score: EPA
Lionel Messi scores from the spot throughout Barca’s victory in Turin earlier within the group stageCredit score: AP:Related Press
However the pair – whose rivalry grew to become notorious when Ronaldo was at Actual Madrid – now face once more on the Nou Camp.
And Barca boss Koeman admitted: “It’s incredible that these two gamers have been so lengthy at this high degree on this planet.
“They’re one of the best gamers, for my part, within the final 10-15 years. Being profitable all this time is unimaginable. It’s an incredible praise to these gamers.
“They’re completely different, however they’ve unimaginable stats about scoring objectives, hat-tricks, about successful prizes.
“It’s not good to say who is healthier as a result of each are unimaginable, I love each gamers as a result of they gave us so many good evenings with nice objectives, with nice titles. Let’s hope we will get pleasure from them tomorrow night time.”
Koeman additionally made one other grievance concerning the packed soccer calendar which he says is critically harming gamers and can result in extra accidents.
The Juve conflict comes 72 hours after a 2-1 loss at Cadiz which dealt one other blow to Barca’s La Liga title hopes.
Ronald Koeman is relishing the conflict between the modern-day greatsCredit score: AP:Related Press
Juventus want a giant win in Barcelona in the event that they need to end high of the groupCredit score: ANSA
Koeman has already misplaced three key gamers to long-term accidents this season and now should cope with out French winger Ousmane Dembele.
The Barca boss mentioned: “We’re killing our gamers with these schedules.
“It is an actual disgrace to lose one other participant to an harm and it is one more reason why I hold complaining concerning the match schedules, we’re going to lose many extra gamers to accidents.”
He added: “If it’s a must to play on Tuesday night time, for the nice of the Spanish groups it’s good to take into consideration the timing of the match earlier than. You get again house at 4.30 within the morning after which it’s a must to play once more on Tuesday.
“We have now performed 5 away matches this season and all of them have been late kick offs. It does not assist the Spanish groups.”