Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman played down the importance of a rift between captain Lionel Messi and fellow striker Antoine Griezmann before Saturday’s match against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Football League.
Earlier this month, Griezmann’s former agent Eric Olhatz told “France Football” that the Argentine striker raised a problem with his former client, prompting Messi to tell reporters on his return from his national team that “I’m tired of being accused of all Barcelona’s problems.” Without providing additional details about the reason for his anger.
When asked about the subject before visiting Atletico Madrid tomorrow, Coman said that the players coexist normally.
“I can understand Messi’s angry attitude, after this long journey she asks about Antoine (Griezmann), this shows disrespect … I realize that you (journalists) may be looking for a problem, but in rooms,” the Dutch coach said at a press conference on Friday. stripped off The clothes have never seen or felt anything related to a bad relationship between them. “
He added that Messi – whose contract expires next summer and has been linked again to his move to Manchester City after coach Pep Guardiola signed a new contract with the English club – “will decide his future himself.”
“I hope he stays in Barcelona. What he has done for this club is unbelievable, but he is the only person who should make the decision about his future.”
Coman will play the “Al Atleti” match – who is 6 points ahead of the Catalan club – without Ansu Fati, Samuel Umtiti, Sergio Busquets and Ronald Arajo.
The Dutch coach concluded, “It is an important match for the two teams mentally or in terms of points, we are moving in the right direction. Atletico is a team that knows very well how to play in different ways according to the opponent, which is what Barcelona does as well.”
Koeman also criticized the succession of matches, as the visit of Atlético will be the first between 10 games in 32 days after the international suspension, which saw the teams play 3 matches.
“First of all, this is a very busy schedule for the big teams, it is not good to play 3 international matches instead of two. I was a coach of the national teams and I never risked the players, I always thought about clubs too.”