Ronald Koeman has admitted the Argentine covered Barcelona’s flaws and his absence has exposed them
Ronald Koeman claims there is no discipline at Barcelona camp following Lionel Messi departure to PSG.
The Dutchman is under intense pressure to keep his job following a disastrous start to the season. He believes the absence of the Argentine has contributed to the clubs disappointing results.
Lionel Messi left the Catalan side to join French giant Paris Saint-Germain after Barca failed to tie him down with a new deal.
Since marking his first appearance at the Camp Nou, Messi guided Barcelona to ten La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League trophies.
Following financial constraints caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, he ended his illustrious career with the La Liga giant.
FC Barcelona since the departure of Messi have struggled in their recent games. With much expected from him, head coach Ronald Koeman has attributed the clubs poor run of form to Messi’s absence.
“When I first became coach, I had a conversation with him at his house in Castelldefels. What immediately struck me was how involved he felt and how much he is interested in football.
“The start was difficult, he later apologised for that. Messi must have the idea that there is a future in what he does. But he started to get more and more enthusiastic.
“The performance with Messi is perfect. We now sometimes do a pass and kick practices, where you had to shoot the ball into a small goal, around a post. The other day I saw Ansu Fati shoot three metres wide, simply due to lack of concentration. But he wouldn’t have done that if Messi had still been there. Then he got set right, Messi became furious. That never happened to [Messi].
“He delivered 50 goals last year: 30 goals, 20 assists. He was an example for the players. When we won the cup, Messi had won so many trophies, bigger than this one, but you saw that the Copa del Rey really did something for him this time. With those young players in there, he saw the future of the club. All those guys wanted to take a picture with him, I’ve never seen anything like it.
“That’s how big he was and is. It was a shock to the whole town that he’s not here now.”