BARCELONA – Ronald Koeman was upset this Friday with all the messages heard in recent days about Lionel Messi. Whether it was because of the Argentine’s continuity for the next course or because of his permanence at the beginning of this season, the Dutch coach ruled that “I don’t like” everything that is being talked about, being especially critical of the president of the Management Commission, Carles Tusquets, who estimated that he, for financial reasons, would have transferred the captain.
“I respect all opinions but although the comments that may come from outside we cannot control them and they do not interest me, if they come from the club itself they do not help us. We know what Messi’s situation is and if you cannot do anything with what they say outside, comments from inside are a different thing that doesn’t help ”, shot Koeman, stating that“ we all know that Leo has the right to decide his future ”and finishing directly against Tusquets.
“From the inside we need peace of mind. He (Tusquets) may have a personal opinion and I respect it, but I think it goes without saying because it doesn’t help us to have peace of mind and prepare for the games. Afterwards, it will be Leo who decides and I hope he continues here. at Barcelona … I don’t like to comment on these things ”, he resolved.
“As a club you should always try to have the best players here,” he wanted to cut when asked about the possibility of signing Neymar as a result of the Brazilian’s words, although he had to extend later, without naming him directly but admitting that it would be a good news. “I don’t like to talk about individual cases … but as a player, as a coach and as a culé, you always want the best. And if they both end up on your team, even better ”, he revealed.
“I try not to be worried about the elections because I don’t know what could happen,” Koeman explained when asked his opinion of the candidates, warning that when the name of the new president is known “we will speak. I don’t know who will win the elections and I don’t need to think about it now, but about the parties that are ahead of us, “he said.
In this scenario, however, the winter market will fully enter, a circumstance from which the technician wanted to stay out “until the moment”, thus distancing himself from his own names, Eric García, or even possibilities.
“Now is not the time to talk about it. In January we will see how the squad is doing and we will talk with the new president, although it will also depend on whether there is money or not,” he recalled, repeating that he knows “the situation of the club.”
“Now we recover Araújo and Umtiti is close. On Wednesday he played a training match with B for 60 minutes without discomfort and that means that he is close to returning,” he explained, realizing that he also has Mingueza at his disposal so as not to show himself openly concerned about this specific situation.
“The important thing now is to win our games until the end of the year, as I have already said,” he insisted when asked about the advantage that Atlético de Madrid has in the standings, of which he acknowledged that “they are very well, winning their matches and conceding few goals. He is strong … But I have already said that the season is long and many things can happen … What happens is that we cannot lose more points because the situation is complicated and we have to think about winning our games “.
“What I want is that people can return to the fields. I hope the public can return soon,” he insisted, warning that this scenario is the one that is being worked on “in all countries right now, but it all depends on the covid and we do not. we are doctors who know about the pandemic. You can’t force it because health is the most important thing, “he admitted.
By proper names, he praised the good time of Martin Braithwaite stating that “you have to take advantage of it because it is very good” and highlighting that the Danish “is a 9 that lengthens the field, has depth, does a job that others can take advantage of because it creates spaces and it is effective in the area. “
He was also “very happy” with the moment of Ousmane Dembélé, stating that the Frenchman “has improved a lot physically since the beginning of the season, he is gaining confidence and it shows that he is happy”, something he repeated with Antoine Griezmann. “He is a great player who can act in different positions … His change is not just because Braithwaite plays, but because of the confidence he has. He has gone through difficult times but in the end, by working, you get him to see himself on the field,” he said. .