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"The Barca players were very unhappy, but Messi was the priority"

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Pin Ronald Koeman spoke about his entrance to the club. EFE
Ronald Koeman spoke about his entrance to the club. EFE

"The Barca players were very unhappy, but Messi was the priority"

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Ronald Koeman spoke in 'AD' about his first days at the club, his first conversation with Messi and the great discontent that was in many first-team players.

Despite the last two bad results, Ronald Koeman has managed to change  Barcelona, where everyone seems to be coming together under the Dutch coach, the same did not happen under Quique Setién.

Koeman spoke to 'AD magazine' in the Netherlands and stressed that there were many unhappy players when he arrived, although he always wanted to talk to Messi first.

"In my first days, I talked a lot with people about the situation at the club. It was clear to me that there was a lot of discontent on the part of the players in all sorts of areas. For me, it was a priority to talk to Messi first, to hear how he saw things," he explained.

Koeman also revealed new information from his meeting with Messi: "At his house, he told me all sorts of things and I listened carefully, but I also told him that I had not been there, I could only talk about how I wanted to work and how I wanted to change things".

The Barcelona coach clarified that he liked that Messi was also interested in his idea of football: "It was good, because, at the end of the conversation, we talked about the best ways to put pressure, about the game, about football, and I liked that. Messi really likes football and wanted to know how everything was going to go.

Koeman went deeper into the topic of the star player: "It is fantastic how he sees things, how intelligent he is as a footballer and how he does it technically to perfection. He makes the right decision at the last minute and in a fraction of a second".

The coach joked and assured that his assistant, Alfred Schreuder, does not need to explain the exercises to Leo as he does with others: "He immediately understands the exercises. He is very intelligent to play football". In conclusion, Koeman assured that he never thought that Messi was going to leave the club.

On another topic, he said that he had counted on Wijnaldum coming to the club, although the club could not carry out that transfer: "He has a great sense of space, he can be incorporated to the attack from the centre of the field, he was going to contribute a lot to the team, but the economic situation was what it was and there were other priorities like the right-back or the forward".

 

 

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