Real-Barça: Koeman needs "the best Messi" and supports Zidane


FC Barcelona will travel this Saturday (9 p.m.) to Real Madrid for an important Clasico in the fight for the title but “not decisive a priori” according to Ronald Koeman. The Catalan team coach also said it will take “the best Messi” to get the win. And showed solidarity with Zinedine Zidane, a time criticized this season.


FC Barcelona will need “the best Messi” to beat Real Madrid, this Saturday (9 p.m.), for the 30th day of La Liga, and regain first place in the standings, assured coach Ronald Koeman at a press conference on Friday. ‘pre-game. “I hope he will be decisive tomorrow (Saturday), because we need the best Messi, we need the best Barça to win. We will have to do everything perfectly well, the attack, the movements, our game assists, and for that you need Leo, ”Koeman said.

Piqué and Sergi Roberto back

“The best thing for this La Liga is that the best players stay playing until the last possible minute,” said Koeman, hoping that Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and his Blaugrana counterpart Messi, both out of contract in June but “extremely important “for their respective teams, extend this summer. An opinion shared by Zinédine Zidane at the same time this Friday at a press conference.

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While Eden Hazard is still unavailable at Real, Ronaldo Koeman announced Friday that Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto, back from injury, join the Barcelona group for this trip to Madrid. “They are two important players, not only in their quality but also in their personality. They lack rhythm, but they are physically good and are excited to be able to help the team,” said Koeman.

Regarding the absence of the defensive hinge holder on the merengue side (Ramos-Varane), Koeman admitted that “they are two important absentees, two important and very strong central defenders, including their captain, who has a big personality”. “But against Liverpool, they have shown that they have other players who can cover these positions,” said the Dutch technician.


“I don’t agree with the criticisms of Real”

Regarding the shock against Real, the most watched club game in the world, Koeman said he was “not decisive a priori”, but agreed that “whoever wins will be in high spirits to continue” to fight for the title in La Liga.

“A clasico is a different game, there is a lot of interest from all sides. Barça is doing well, we are confident, in a good dynamic with a lot of points gleaned lately, we are in the fight for the title is it ‘ is something positive, “explained the winner of Euro 1988.” But Real is Real. They have suffered too much criticism. They remain defending champions and are still fighting to defend their crown , so I don’t agree with the criticisms of Real. They have great players and a great coach, “Koeman concluded.

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