On the eve of Barça-PSG in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League (Tuesday, 9 p.m. on RMC Sport), Catalan coach Ronald Koeman was questioned this Monday on the case of Lionel Messi and on the recent outings of the Paris camp about the Argentinian. But the Dutch technician wanted to calm things down.
Ronald Koeman did not want to add a layer. After pushing a little rant a few days ago, on an exit from the Parisian striker Angel Di Maria about Lionel Messi, the Barça coach wanted on Monday to display a more serene face.
On the eve of the shock against PSG in the Champions League (Tuesday, 9 p.m. on RMC Sport), the Dutch technician was questioned at a press conference on a possible destabilization caused by the statements of Leonardo, Neymar and other Parisians on a possible transfer of Messi.
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“Messi is a Barca player and I hope he will continue to be a Barca player”
“I don’t believe (that Barca were disturbed), he replied. I don’t know if it was (PSG) intention to talk a lot about Messi, but my intention is to prepare the team and the players for an important game. ” And Koeman added: “Messi is a Barca player and I hope he will continue to be a Barca player.”
While the two camps are diminished by injuries (Neymar, Di Maria, Coutinho, Fati, Araujo, S. Roberto …), Koeman also refused to summarize Tuesday’s poster to a match between Messi and Mbappé.
“This is not a Messi-Mbappé duel, no, it’s a duel between two teams that Leo Messi will play on one side, he observed. He is the best player in the world and we will have need him at his best to move on to the next round, but it’s the same for Paris with Mbappé, who can complicate things for us with his speed. It will be a good game, football fans have to appreciate those kinds of players. “