Reportedly, Lionel Messi and Ronald Koeman will meet each other this Thursday to discuss the Dutchman’s new project. The coach will explain what he has in mind, and learn about Messi’s thoughts. Messi has even interrupted his vacation to meet with the new coach before the weekend, at the request of President Bartomeu.
Many rumors rose about the Argentine’s potential departure after the 8-2 disaster against Bayern Munich. Bartomeu told that he spoke with Jorge, Messi’s father and agent:
“I spoke with Jorge Messi. He told me what we all know, that there is a strong disappointment.”, said the Barcelona chief.
We have to wait and see whether Messi will change his mind after hearing about Koeman’s project, but what is known is that the Barça icon demanded bigger changes at the club than just the appointment of a new coach. After meeting with Messi, Koeman will also speak with the other captains; Piqué, Busquets, and Sergi Roberto.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.