Messi could be given the day off in Barcelona's game against Eibar on Saturday at the Camp Nou as the Blaugrana play against Napoli in the UEFA Champions League on the coming Tuesday, before facing Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu next Sunday.
As reported by Marca, while speaking about the possibility of Messi not playing against his team, Mendilibar said in a hilarious rant, "I don't think [Messi] rests. This bastard rests in the game. He knows when he has to participate, when to rest. If he was given the day off he would have a worse time watching from the stands and get more tired."
“At Osasuna we played Barça and Messi was ill that morning so couldn’t play.— Caño Football (@CanoFootball) February 20, 2020
We were 2-0 down at the Camp Nou, I turned around & saw him warming up. I thought “What’s this lad doing? Why isn’t he at home?”
He came on, scored 2 and we lost 4-0.”pic.twitter.com/M8BzIROc2a
Mendilibar then went on to recall the time he visited the Camp Nou as Osasuna coach and Messi started on the bench due to illness.
He said, "Once with Osasuna, we went to play a Copa del Rey game [at the Camp Nou]. In the morning of the game [Messi] was ruled out because he had a problem with his stomach and had fever."
The Eibar coach concluded, "After eating, he was called-up, he was on the bench, we were losing 2-0 and suddenly I see him warming up. He came on, scored two goals and we lost 4-0."