Ronald Koeman, during the previous press conference to the Barça-Levante


Koeman still doesn't get 'wet' with Messi: "I can't influence his future"

Published:28/12/2020 - 14:00h

Updated:28/12/2020 - 19:00h

Ronald Koeman appeared before the media before FC Barcelona-Eibar de Liga. The Dutchman spoke about the game and focused on the figure of Leo Messi after the interview that the Argentine gave this Sunday

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Ronald Koeman​ appeared in front of the media before the FC Barcelona-Eibar of this Tuesday. The Dutch had to answer to the questions of the press, that wanted to know what thought the Dutch on the interview that Leo Messi gave this past Sunday. The technician did not want to 'wet' too much, although yes it left clear that appreciates the words of support of the '10', that elogió his work at the head of the team.

"I appreciate his words because it is a very important player and to any person likes him that they speak well of him same. I appreciate it to him. I keep on being the same, try to take out the team forward, are doing changes in a year of transition and he still is a key piece in the team", affirmed. Besides, also it wanted to leave clear that he does not go to be able to influence neither for well neither for bad in the decision that take the forward regarding his future.

"I did not see the interview in direct, but today has gone out in the press and have seen it. It seems me perfect that do an interview to know his opinions, as any another player. In his case always have been calm and do not go to be calmer because it have said that it will decide it to final of season. I can not influence, what can do is to take out his best performance in the parties and already will see what can happen", aimed, calm.

The journalists took advantage of that the one of Zaandam referred to the future of Leo to ask after Mauritius Pochettino, that will be new trainer of the PSG and that it could attract to the rosarino to the Parisian team. "I do not know neither I can think because in the press goes out his name, but do not know if it is truth. We confront us inside two months, is not to be calm or intranquilo now. Messi do not think that decide his future depending on a trainer or a country. They are decisions that it is necessary to take in family and do not think that a trainer can influence in his destination", explained.

Koeman Cleared the drop of Messi in front of the Eibar

On the other hand, the trainer barcelonista also explained the reason by which Messi will not play against the Eibar this Tuesday and when it will go back to be available. "First, Leo was with annoyances in his ankle and therefore it has not been able to train neither is in conditions to play the party of morning. And therefore we have given him more days on holiday. In principle it returns after the party of the Eibar, our doctor has said us that a week without training will be sufficient so that it was well", admitted.

In relation to the important absence of the '10' against the armeros, the Dutch ensured that there are other attackers of level in the team and that trusts that they take out his best version. "Not having to Messi always is an important drop by his quality and by his effectiveness, by our game in attack lose a big player. But it is not a system by him, he is part of a system, and have sufficient players that can play in his position and do the same, and ojalá take out the same effectiveness", stood out.

Finally, it spoke also of the Eibar, a team that arrives seventeenth to the Camp Nou, that needs to mark and that in spite of everything always puts the things complicated to his rivals. "It is a very competitive team that tries presionar on the contrary. Futbolísticamente Have to be well comparing with the last party. We have to be very well, but will have a very complicated party", concluded.

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