Ronald Koeman took advantage of a question at a press conference on the Super League to attack UEFA. According to the Barça coach, who includes La Liga in his thoughts, the European institution “does not pay attention to the players”.
Don’t count on Ronald Koeman to side with UEFA. Present at a press conference on Wednesday, on the eve of Barça’s match against Getafe (31st matchday in La Liga, 10 p.m.), the Dutch coach was logically asked about the hot news of the moment: the Super League.
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Asked several times about this new European competition dead in the bud, Ronald Koeman did not spread out, Barça still not having officially communicated on the subject after the withdrawal of almost all the clubs involved. But, while the football world has largely defended UEFA in the duel between the richest clubs, the former coach of the Netherlands has not mince words with the institution.
“We must protect the players”
“The number of matches in a season is incredible. The players must have been in a lot of competitions. Everyone talks about the Super League, the Champions League … but UEFA doesn’t pay attention to the players when it comes to the number of matches played, “he lamented to reporters. “The only thing that matters to him is money. In La Liga, it’s the same. Tomorrow, we play at 10 pm. We must protect the players,” he continued.
On Monday, Pep Guardiola, strongly opposed to the Super League, was also not tender towards UEFA. “UEFA thinks only of her. For example, during the most important part of the season, when we are fighting for the titles, Lewandowski could not play against PSG because he was injured with his selection. UEFA decided that it was Bayern’s problem and Lewandowski did not play. It’s every man for himself, “said the former Barça coach.