Messi among 7 Barcelona regulars rested at Malaga
Lionel Messi is among seven Barcelona regulars rested for the
Spanish champion’s last league game on Saturday with the Champions
League final looming.
Coach Pep Guardiola opted to leave out the Argentina forward and
striker David Villa, midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta,
defenders Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol and goalkeeper Victor
Valdes for the game at Malaga.
Barcelona, which clinched its third straight league title with
two games to spare, plays Manchester United in the May 28 final at
Messi has scored 52 goals in 54 appearances this season but none
since his brace in the 2-0 Champions League first-leg win at Real
Madrid – a stretch of four games.