Ronald Koeman spoke in an interview with Dutch newspaper NOS. The Dutchman explained that he is happy with Lionel Messi, and that the Argentine is doing everything that he from a player and coach for the team.
“After I signed as a coach, I immediately contacted Leo. I went to his home, and we talked about his future. He was clear about his dissatisfaction. In the end, things went well, and from the moment he told me that he will continue, he did everything that I expected from him.”Ronald Koeman to NOS journalist Joep Schreuder
Besides that, Messi was quite uncomfortable with the departure of his best-friend Luis Suarez, which he made clear in his farewell post on Instagram for the Uruguayan; “he didn’t deserve to be thrown out like that”.
Koeman perfectly understands the situation and explained to Leo that the player’s dismissal was not his own decision, but the club’s:
“If there is someone in the dressing room with whom you and your children have a relationship aside from football as well, the reaction is normal. I told that to Messi as well: I understand that you’re disappointed and very unhappy that he leaves, but its the choice of the club.”Ronald Koeman
Koeman has coached Barcelona in 3 official La Liga games so far, with 2 wins and 1 draw against a strong Sevilla side on his name. Even though the Dutchman claims that he has a “perfect relationship” with the dressing room, we will have to wait and see how things will develop for the 57-year-old manager.
Barcelona legend says Messi is essential for the young Barcelona generation
Following what will forever remain an unforgettable might for the youngster, Ilaix Moriba scored his first goal for Barcelona. It was a sensational strike, as the young Spanish midfielder faked a shot one way, only for him to cooly dispatch it the other way.
Yesterday night, Barça legend Luis Suárez Miramontes had this to say both in regards to the club’s youth, as well as club veteran Lionel Messi: “For this group of young people it is essential that there is someone like Messi with personality and charisma so that they grow as they should. That is why it is necessary to maintain it.“ (via Carrusel)
Per earlier reports, the Barça captain has stayed true to this. He reportedly takes “special care” of Ilaix Moriba in particular so that the 18-year old doesn’t “deviate from the path of becoming an important player in the team.” This is one of Barcelona’s most talented squads in recent memory, full to the brim and overflowing with youth and exuberance, with all these players looking up to the Argentine.
The 85-year old is a Barcelona legend having played in Barça’s iconic colours from 1955 to 1961. He is widely regarded as one of Spain’s next footballers of all time, and a testament to this is the fact that he is still the only player from the country to ever win a Ballon D’or.
He has been heavily critical of the squad at times this season, owing to the fact that “they [Barca players] make the worst individual and team mistakes.” At least this time he has something to smile about.