According to The Sun, Lionel Messi has expressed his interest to work with Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa.
Both the poor performance and results created heavy problems for coach Quique Setién. In fact, all signs pointed towards the sacking of the Cantabrian coach, but president Josep Bartomeu gave him one last chance and explained that he still trusts him.
The Sun claims that Messi wants Bielsa to take over from Setién after a series of disappointment on the field for the Catalan club. Bielsa had managed to promote Leeds United to the Premier League after 16 years.
Apart from Messi, Ter Stegen, and De Jong, no player’s future at the Camp Nou is granted. The team is preparing for a huge transformation after losing the La Liga title to Real Madrid.
With the huge change that is planned ahead of next season, Setién will undoubtedly get replaced as well. Whether the replacement will be Xavi, as he has been on the table for a long time now, or Bielsa remains unknown. Still, we should add that in case Barcelona manages to win the Champions League title with the current team and management, a different story could rise.
Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche
Barça midfielders Philippe Coutinho and new signing Miralem Pjanic spoke to the media after Barça’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Elche at the Camp Nou.
“Being back here feels great. I missed playing here, and I’m very excited to continue.” Coutinho told the media. “We’re trying our best to adapt to the coach’s new system. The level of the team is increasing; I hope things go well.”
After having featured in all three pre-season games for Barça, Coutinho is looking forward to the upcoming La Liga season. “I am eager to help the team win. There is one week left till La Liga starts and we are all focused and excited to begin.”
“I feel very happy that I made my debut. It was great.” Pjanic said after the game. “The team are working hard to prepare for the upcoming matches.”
Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho are both essentially new additions to the Barça squad since Pjanic just joined from Juventus and Coutinho returned back from his loan spell at Bayern – where he won the treble in a remarkable fashion. Things are looking bright for Coutinho, who has featured in all of Barça’s three pre-season games. Culés around the world are expecting big things from the two after having lost Brazilian youngster Arthur to Juventus this summer.