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September 23, 2005

Ronaldinho and Deco to miss game with Betis

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Dutch coach of Barza Frank Rijkaard has left both Ronaldinho and the Portuguese midfielder Deco out of Saturday's line-up for the match against Real Betis.

The Dutchman explained that the decision is only based on Tuesday's Champions League clash with Udinese: "I rotate more often and they are not always the same players. They [Ronaldinho and Deco] will play on Tuesday.

"Ronaldinho is someone who makes a difference, compared to other clubs. Deco is an important player for us as well, in that respect. Against Valencia he got us a draw with his equalizer.

"In general, I am very happy with them. But we have many games this year and we have other players that want to win. I explained this to them, and they understand. They are two key players for us, but sometimes it is needed to give them some rest.