Barcelona are one of the three clubs yet to withdraw from the European Super League.
They are playing in midweek too, and in his news conference to preview Thursday’s game against Getafe, Barca coach Ronald Koeman criticised both UEFA and Spain’s La Liga, saying that reforms are needed – such as fewer games. “I agree with [Manchester City coach Pep] Guardiola when it comes to the number of games players have to play in over a season. It’s too many, incredible,” said Koeman. “Everyone’s talking about the Super League and the Champions League, but UEFA aren’t paying any attention to the players about the number of games. The only thing they care about is money. In La Liga, it’s the same. Look at the scheduling. Tomorrow we play at 10pm (local time) – we need to protect the players.” The former Everton and Southampton boss confirmed that Barca president Joan Laporta had spoken to him about the ESL plan, before adding: “There’s been a lot of fallout and the best thing is not to say much now, no-one knows what will happen. What I want most is what’s best for this club. “I’m not the club’s spokesman. My job is to prepare for the game. We need to see how it all pans out. We just want what’s best for the club, but if anyone has to speak about this subject, it’s the president.”