Koeman on Messi: "I don't agree with Setién"

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Barcelona's Champions League tie with Dynamo Kyiv, Ronald Koeman said Lionel Messi is not difficult to lead.


In his pre-match press conference ahead of Barcelona's Champions League clash with Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday night, head coach Ronald Koeman was questioned on various subjects, including Quique Setién's recent comments about Lionel Messi.

What is the team's objective tomorrow against Kyiv?

The objective is the same as always, play well, create opportunities to score and, above all, the Champions League matches at home must be won.

UEFA's protocol is not very clear on Dynamo's situation. What have they told you about UEFA?

We know Kyiv have some covid-19 problems. They have done more tests this morning and are waiting for the results. I don't know UEFA's rules. The only thing we can do is prepare for the game and I hope we play the game tomorrow.

Will Ter Stegen play tomorrow?

He might play. We will train tomorrow morning and make a decision then.

You know Barça is a team that doesn't have time to wait. Would you ask people to be patient?

I understand the criticism from the fans, I accept it, but I continue to work to improve this and I hold on to the positive aspects. The team works very hard, the team is focused, but we must be more decisive.

Would you like to have another type of striker available to you?

I have said several times that we are missing one, but it depends on how the club is financially in January. I understand the situation of the club.

How would you evaluate the younger players' performances?

We have quality young players, and it always depends on their performance, but as a coach I have to protect them. Pedri is a young player who cannot play every game, you have to take that into account.

Setién said that Messi is difficult to manage, would you agree?

For me, he's not a player I have difficulties with. I don't agree with Setién but I respect his opinion. If that's what he says, that's how it is for him.

What do you like most about the team from what you've seen so far?

What I like most is that they are open to listening and that we have improved the intensity of the training sessions.

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Is it true that you will rest Messi tomorrow night?

Regarding Messi, I can't answer that now, but tomorrow yes.

Are you optimistic of your future at Barça?

We have to be patient with this team, we know we are not doing well in terms of points in La Liga, but I think that with the changes, with the young players, we are giving a good account of ourselves.