Ronald Koeman He appeared before the media in the preview of Barcelona’s game against Atlético de Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. The Dutch coach referred to Leo Messi and his latest controversy: «I can understand that Leo is pissed off, you have to respect people like him much more“, said.
«We know that it is a difficult game, against a strong team. We must highlight the work of its technician. We trust ourselves. There is talk of their casualties, but we also have ours.
Messi’s crack at the airport
“I can understand that Leo was pissed off, you have to respect people like Messi much more. Besides, such a long journey and then asking questions about Antoine is disrespectful. It may be an intention on your part to create controversy. I have never seen any problem between the two. There are enough images where they work well. I am not in favor of looking for trouble. They are bullshit: Griezmann stopped working with that person three years ago ».
«I don’t see Messi outside the club. I will not answer more about this ».
«For the great ones it is a very tight schedule. It is not good to play three games with the national team, instead of two. I have been a coach and I have never risked with a player. Nor do I understand that we have played all away games at 9:00 p.m., I just don’t understand it. It is not an aid to a big team that has to fight and play every three days. I understand that an Atlético-Barça could be at 9:00 p.m., but not all games. We are going wrong with this.
The loss of Luis Suárez
“We also have significant casualties.”
The return of Coutinho
«We are happy with the return of Coutinho. He has trained well, without problems. He has been with the group for almost a week. You always have to talk to the doctors to see the best moment. It is summoned, so it can start or enter ».
“He is one of the youngsters with a great future ahead of him and he has improved a lot this season. He is a key player at Atlético, he plays at the top, with freedom… if you don’t mark him well, it can complicate you a lot. Great player with a great future ahead of him ».
How do you convince Messi to renew?
It’s not a question for me. Leo has one more year contract, I hope his future is here. I’m not the person who has to try to make it stay. He is still a Barça player and nobody can say what will happen in the future.
“He is one of the young people who has to work a lot to have minutes. It’s working fine, try to convince me. I give minutes and games when I think he deserves to play.