Barcelona’s Sergino Dest runs with the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 (AP Photo / Joan Monfort) AP

FC Barcelona will meet on Sunday 17 January 2021 (170121) at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville, Spain, against the Athletic Club in a Spanish Super Cup semi-final match

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Lionel Messi has doubts about the final of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday when his Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona’s all-time all-time goalscorer has an unspecified fitness issue that led coach Ronald Koeman to exclude him from the semi-finals against Real Sociedad on Wednesday Without Messi, Barcelona needed a great goalkeeper from Marc-Andre ter Stegen to score a penalty shootout and assert yourself

Messi has trained alone and his willingness is in the air, Koeman said on Saturday

“(Messi) will have the last word, he knows his own body,” Koeman said. “We hope he can play the game

“With Leo the team is stronger thanks to his ability to create and his effectiveness as a goalscorer, things we sometimes miss (But) he has to be 100% This is not the last game of the season”

Barcelona have shown they can win without their star though, while Barcelona weren’t a brilliant attacking performance, they had one of the best collective games in the semifinals to get past an inspired Sociedad

This difficult performance gives seasoned midfielder Sergio Busquets reason to believe the team will find their move after a shaky start to rebuilding under Koeman

“To say we figured all this out is a bit of a stretch, but we’re on the right track,” said Busquets. “We’re on the right track and feel we’d be better (to win the title) as a group an important step and I am convinced that this team can continue to grow ”

The final marks the third game for Bilbao’s manager Marcelino García Toral. His debut last week was at home against Barcelona in the Liga Messi scored twice to help Barcelona recover from an early goal by Iñaki Williams and get a 3rd : 2 win to secure

“We have to go into the game thinking that (Messi) will play and that he will play at his best and that it is our job to stop him,” said Marcelino. “My players are excited and ready to see the world to conquer It would be the maximum to beat both Madrid and Barcelona to win this trophy ”

Bilbao beat Barcelona in the 2015 Spanish Super Cup when it was still a two-leg final between the league and the Copa del Rey winners

This Spanish Super Cup is taking place in southern Spain after the coronavirus pandemic prevented it from being played in Saudi Arabia for the second year in a row.The revised Final Four format of the tournament includes the top two players in the Spanish League and the Copa del Rey finalists from last season

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