Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have the chance to win their first silverware of the season as they head into the Spanish Super Cup final to lock horns against Athletic Bilbao. As it stands, this trophy seems to be the only saving grace of Barcelona’s season, even though it is a competition that has been largely discarded by fans.
Ahead of this important clash, Koeman addressed the media as part of his pre-game press conference. Barça Universal follows all quotes here:
On the team’s morale ahead of the game: “The team is well and happy to play the final of the Spanish Super Cup. A difficult rival awaits us. We will try to dominate and play our game.”
On Messi’s participation tomorrow: “We are hopeful that Messi can participate in the game tomorrow.”
On when the decision will be made: “Leo has the last word, he knows his body perfectly. We will wait until tomorrow.”
On waiting till June for Eric Garcia’s signing: “Not signing García this month? I’ve heard that I am unhappy, worried… I have to say that I’m fine, happy, and I know the financial limitations of the club, if it’s not possible, it’s not possible. We will move on.”
On the importance of the Super Cup: “Of course it’s important, it’s a title. It’s important to win things, even though it is not the most important, it’s still a title.”
On Roberto and Fati’s recovery: “Sergi Roberto will be available before Ansu Fati, but I don’t want to set dates. The players should recover well, but Sergi maybe two more weeks, Ansu longer.”
On Neto’s possible move away from Barça: “Neto? It’s true his representative has asked to leave, but we have said ‘no’. We want to be well covered in all positions.”
On his squad’s low-experience in finals: “Young players must learn, and to learn, they must play finals.”
On the expectations from the team: “There is a great desire to win, we shouldn’t be overbearing ourselves.”
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.