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Lionel Messi ‘disguised everything’ wrong at Barcelona, claims Ronald Koeman

Lionel Messi ‘disguised everything’ wrong at Barcelona, claims Ronald Koeman

Barcelona’s under-fire coach Ronald Koeman has attributed the club’s current woes on the pitch to the departure of Lionel Messi.

Koeman’s future at Barcelona looks extremely uncertain. And his team’s limp 1-1 draw at home against Granada on Monday — which followed the 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich last week at Camp Nou — will not have helped his cause with a boardroom that has already lost most of its confidence in the Dutch coach. Aside from the results, Koeman has also lost credit for failing to maintain the famous Barça style of football.

Koeman will be expected to be on the bench for Thursday’s game against Cádiz, although reports are Barcelona president Joan Laporta is already searching for the Dutchman’s replacement.

Koeman: Messi made everything look better

Amid the uncertainty about his future, Koeman has given an interview to Voetbal Internacional, a news outlet in his native Holland, in which he singled out Lionel Messi for disguising the problems at Barcelona.

“Messi has disguised everything,” said Koeman of the Argentine striker, who left the club for PSG this summer after his Barcelona contract expired at the end of June.

“He was very good and he was winning. Of course he had good players around him, but he made a difference. Thanks to him, everything looked better. This is not a criticism, but an observation.”

Koeman “understood” Laporta’s outrage after Bayern loss

The interview with Koeman took place at the Botafumeiro restaurant the night after the loss to Bayern Munich last Tuesday. Aware of the criticism of him and his team after the defeat, he assured that he had avoided reading anything about it because he had “stopped reading newspapers and websites.”

After that defeat, Laporta said he was “hurt and outraged” and asked the fans for patience. Koeman admitted he “understood the feelings” of the president. “I don’t think either that it’s great to lose against Bayern Munich. But you have to see it in a sober way,” added the Dutchman, who claimed that criticism of coaches is “very black or white” in Spain.

Nevertheless, Koeman said he has not been surprised by the rumors regarding his future at Barcelona: “I don’t make a fuss about that and nobody has to feel sorry for me. If you work here, you have to win. It’s that simple.”

But one thing that did come as a surprise to the Dutchman were the revelations regarding the club’s massive financial struggles earlier this year.  “I knew it wasn’t good, but not that it was so bad. The new president, Joan Laporta, did not know that either. He was as surprised as I was,” he said.

Koeman: No regrets on leaving Holland job for Barcelona

Koeman resigned from his position as coach of the Netherlands to take up the coaching role at Barcelona last summer. At Euro 2020 this summer, the Oranje fell in the round of 16 against the Czech Republic (0-2), a result which cost Koeman’s successor, Frank de Boer, his position.

“It was especially painful for me how it all ended,” said Koeman, though he added he has no regrets on leaving his position with the Dutch team to join Barcelona: “Even knowing how difficult the situation is at Barcelona, I would not have wanted to do it any other way.”

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The reconciliation photo of PSG that scares Europe with Mbappé, Messi and Neymar

The reconciliation photo of PSG that scares Europe with Mbappé, Messi and Neymar

PSG won its first victory in this season’s UEFA Champions League and gave the first great joy of the season to their fans by defeating the current runner – up in Europe: Manchester City Pep Guardiola.

One of the protagonists of the game was Lionel Messi, who scored his first goal with PSG … and also from a heel pass from a Kylian Mbappé who has lived through a very convulsive last hours.

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His complaints about Neymar when he went to the bench this weekend caused a real earthquake in the Parisian team, but in football, as usual, the ‘ball’ and the victories rule. The first big flash of this fearsome forward has already appeared … and it promises not to be the last.

Therefore, and after this first great joy, Neymar shared a photo on his networks with his two attack partners. An image that may well be a reconciliation … and that sends a message to the rest of the teams that yearn for the Orejona.

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Mauricio Pochettino: “I did celebrate Messi’s goal”

Mauricio Pochettino: “I did celebrate Messi’s goal”

Mauricio Pochettino , valued the first triumph of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League against Manchester City (2-0) , in a match in which Lionel Messi scored his first goal with the Parisian team.

Messi’s goal: “Leo is a world-class player. And the truth is that I don’t usually shout goals a lot, but this one I did celebrate. I was so used to seeing him mark Leo as a rival, than now having him on my side It’s special and I had to celebrate. The team was always well positioned. I’m very happy with this victory. “

The victory: “The victory helps to highlight the positive points, we must remember in particular these three points that put us in a good position in the standings. I am happy because the team knew how to dominate the phases of the game where it was under pressure. We knew how to suffer when Manchester City dominated us, and the team did the work together. Plus the offensive quality that we have and we took advantage of being able to score very beautiful goals “

He praises his players : “They are games for the players, the merit is for them, both victory and defeat are always collective. We should not individualize but against an opponent who is one of the best in the world and for me the best coach in the world. , this victory highlights our players. “

The value of the midfield : “Marco (Verrati), Gana (Gueye) and Ander (Herrera) have given balance to the midfield, the players set the tone both offensively and defensively. The great talents in attack have a fundamental role. , but you also need strong defenders how Marco had a great game and it was the balance in recovery and creation. “

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Al-Khelaifi went down to the locker room: hug Mbappé … and message for Messi

Al-Khelaifi went down to the locker room: hug Mbappé … and message for Messi

The owner of the Paris Saint-Germain went down to the locker room to congratulate his team players for the victory against Manchester City. He embraced Neymar, Achraf, Mbappé … but he had a special one with Leo Messi.

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