Irritated Koeman stands up for Messi: ‘This is disrespectful’

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Ronald Koeman understands that Lionel Messi bites off earlier this week at questions from the Spanish media. The FC Barcelona coach was also irritated on Friday when he only received questions about the Argentinian.

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“It is disrespectful to ask Leo about Antoine (Griezmann, ed.) After such a long journey”, Koeman grumbled at his press conference on Friday in the run-up to the top match against Atlético Madrid.

Messi returned to Barcelona on Wednesday after international matches with Argentina and was met at the airport by the media. They confronted the star player with statements by Eric Olhats, Antoine Griezmann’s ex-agent. “I’m tired of always being blamed for all the problems at Barcelona,” said Messi at the airport.

Griezmann’s former agent recently said in French media that Messi has a “deplorable attitude” and rules everything at Barcelona. He also stated that the attacker never supported the arrival of the Frenchman.

“I understand that you are looking for controversies, but I have not seen any problems between them in the dressing room,” said Koeman of the relationship between Messi and Griezmann. “Moreover, Olhats has not been Griezmann’s agent for years. It is complete nonsense.”

Disappointment at Lionel Messi after Argentina’s draw against Paraguay (1-1). (Photo: ANP)

Koeman became irritated and refused to answer other questions about Messi. He did, however, answer a question about the Argentinian’s expiring contract. “In my opinion he should stay here, but I’m not the one to convince him. Nobody knows what will happen in the future.”

Barcelona and Atlético will face each other in Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday at 9 p.m. Koeman’s team is eighth and the Madrid people are third.

Atlético has to do without Luis Suárez against Barcelona. The Uruguayan cannot take action against his former club due to a corona infection. Philippe Coutinho is available again at Barcelona after a hamstring injury.

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