The Barcelona coach assured that Lionel “is training well” and that “his quality speaks for itself.” He also remarked that now he will dedicate more to the tactical aspect to find a starting eleven.
FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, who was accused of being the “Dutch broom” of President Josep María Bartomeu in reference to the historical players that he deleted from the team, he spoke about how he saw Lionel Messi in the preseason friendly that the Blaugrana team played against Gimnástic de Tarragona and in which he was left with a victory by 3 -one.
“He has shown the same spirit as the first day”he stated at the post-victory press conference. And he assured: “He is training well, he also did it on his day off. He knows perfectly well that he has to improve physically, like everyone else. But its quality speaks for itself, “he said about the Rosario star.
In reference to the meeting, Koeman highlighted: “The best thing is that each one has been able to participate 45 minutes because we still lack physically. I have seen good things in the first two goals and plays by the bands where the space has been used. In the second half we were able to score more goals. All the players have finished well, without problems and that is very important. “
Until now, Barcelona has done background work during its set-up and the Dutch DT emphasizes that the next training sessions will be different: “We have worked a lot on the physical aspect in the training we have done up to now and from now on we have to do more tactical things. “
Koeman also made time to talk about Barcelona’s two new players: the Portuguese Francisco Trincao, 20, who has just made his debut for his country’s senior team in the UEFA Nations Cup, and Pedri, a 17-year-old midfielder who came from Las Palmas and signed for the team culé.
“He is a great talent, he is 17 years old and he is an important signing for the future. He is trained with us and has quality to play. We will see how much he can participate,” he said about Pedri.
And about Trincao he highlighted: “I liked him positionally, sometimes entering from the inside and others from the outside. He has quality and must adapt to speed and give the ball more rhythm. He is also a great signing.”