Ronald Koeman has spoken in the press conference ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League clash against Dynamo Kyiv. The coach was asked what he thinks of former coach Quique Setién’s comments on “coaching Lionel Messi”.
Even though the former Spanish coach expressed the fact that he believes Leo is the best of all times, the 62-year-old did not avoid to add some criticism on the Argentine.
“Leo is difficult to manage. Who am I to change him! If they have accepted him as he is for years and have not changed him.”Quique Setién on Lionel Messi | El Pais via AS
Koeman does not agree with Setién, however. The Dutchman explained that he has a great relationship with the Argentine, and that they are comfortably talking about everything.
“I respect Setien’s words [where he said that it’s hard to manage Messi], but I disagree. I have no difficulty coaching Messi. I talk to Leo every week, about on-field and locker room stuff. I don’t share the opinion that he’s hard to manage.”Quique Setién | Pre-match press conference ahead of Dynamo Kyiv
Messi has not been able to show his best version under Koeman yet, but aside from the final scores and the Argentine’s goal contributions, the Catalan team is putting forward some impressive performances. The only thing that is missing is some devotion in finishing the goals, which could come anytime.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.