Ronald Koeman: “Barcelona has been, is and will be better with Messi than without Messi”

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The coach again praised the Argentine, whom he described as “An ambitious person”, and told how was the talk they had when the 10 wanted to leave the club.

After Quique Setién spoke about his difficulties in managing Lionel Messi in his time as a technician of the Barcelona, the issue was installed on the table and there were several voices that were raised against Leo. One of them was the former representative of Griezmann, who hit the Rosario hard. In the face of these attacks, again came praise from Ronald Koeman, the Barcelona DT.

For the Dutch coach, who replaced Setién after the debacle of Champions League against Bayer Munich, there is no doubt about the influence of 10: “The team has to learn to look for the best for the team itself, but today Barsa has been, is and will be a better team with Messi than without Messi “.

In an interview with the Catalan newspaper Sport, Koeman said that “I want the best for the team. the best thing for the team is that Leo is well, as he is now, plugged in and very involved. He showed it the other day, against Betis, when he entered the second half. “In 45 minutes, Messi nailed a double and gave an assist without touching the ball …

Koeman also spoke of the stormy moment in which he had to take over as Barcelona coach and He told how that first contact with Messi was, who in those days seemed determined to leave the club due to poor sporting results and publicly confronted the now former president, Josep Bartomeu.

“They had already told me that Messi was unhappy. We spoke at his house. He gave me his reasons and I explained to him what I could change: I was honest, I told him that the only thing I could change were football things; work, my game system, his position on the field, his importance as a player. We ended up talking about how to pressure the opponent … I also told him that the things he had with the club I couldn’t change. In the end, staying was his decision “, Koeman assured.

Furthermore, the Dutchman revealed: “The feeling I had with him was always good. It is something important, because Messi has shown me to be an ambitious person, who always wants to win things, who wants to continue being the best, even if he had his problems with the club. “

Finally, Koeman referred to the departure of Luis Suarez, another of the reasons that put Messi close to Barsa’s starting door: “I spoke with the club, things had to be changed. You can always debate everything, but at all times I made it clear that the player who decides to stay would be one more in the template “.



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