Ronald Koeman is officially the new coach of the Catalan giants and with him, comes a plethora of changes. One of which, as we’re led to believe, is a total clean-up of the squad. However, according to the latest reports, Luis Suárez has no intention of leaving Barcelona this summer.
This may or may not come as a surprise but the Uruguayan still believes he has something to offer to the club. Despite slowly but surely heading towards the sunset, El Pistolero feels quite important.
Of course, there’s no arguing that besides Lionel Messi, Suárez is one of the few players who actually score goals for the team. That is true but it’s also true that the Uruguayan has been an issue at times.
His declining physique, unwillingness to run or defend and sloppy play have all had a bad impact on the club’s results. And if we’re talking about rejuvenating the squad, he is definitely among the players who should not be untouchable.
Still, the reports state Suárez has no intention of leaving Barcelona and it might be difficult to convince him otherwise.
Whether that’s actually a good or a bad thing, remains to be seen. But we’re likely to watch the Uruguayan don the Azulgrana colours for one more season at least.
Source: El Pais
Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla
Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.
And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.
This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.
The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.
That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.
Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.
With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.
Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.