Champions League fatigue? Ronaldo, Messi, others to be rested this weekend

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Some of the world’s biggest stars may be seen on the bench, or up in the director’s box, for this weekend’s league matches.

Coaches for Juventus and Barcelona on Friday announced that Cristiano Ronaldo and the veteran trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique will all be rested for their team’s next matches. Juventus will rest Blaise Matuidi as well, and it remains to be seen whether Liverpool and Manchester City will rest players ahead of their UEFA Champions League clashes next week.

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Juventus visit SPAL on Saturday before returning home to face Ajax on Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League tie, which is currently at 1-1 on aggregate. Barcelona meanwhile visits Huesca before hosting Manchester United on Tuesday as well. Barcelona holds a one-goal advantage.