Lionel Messi is the “easiest culprit” claims Barcelona boss Koeman

Lionel Messi is often the easiest scapegoat at Barcelona when things begin to go wrong, according to boss Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman was speaking two days after his side crashed to a 2-1 defeat at newly-promoted Cadiz, meaning they have won just two of their last eight La Liga matches and have lost four times in that timeframe.

As highlighted in a report by ESPN, Messi has had 10 shots on goal in two different games this campaign in which he has failed to score – October’s 1-1 draw at Alaves and the weekend 2-1 loss at Cadiz – while no other player in Europe’s top five leagues has had that many shots in a game without finding the net this season.

The Messi news does not come at an ideal time for the club and is amid the star being in the final year of his contract at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona news has subsequently been dominated by criticism over the team’s performances but Koeman insists that the main area where they must improve is defensive organisation, rather than in the final third.

Koeman explained to reporters, as per Marca: “What I want is to have communication with Leo about things in the game, about things that happen in certain games. As with any player or captain.

“You don’t have to put energy into outside issues. As a coach I always have to look for the maximum performance from each player. Leo is very important in our attack, many of our attacks come through him.

“In that sense I agree with him that he is the easiest culprit many times. I do not think he made mistakes. This is a matter for the whole team, where defensively we have to be more aggressive. In some games we have not been effective enough.”

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4 Comments

  1. Ernest says:

    The fact remains that the name of Messi is no longer in heaven as a Barcelona player. So favor cannot be with him there. I support his to another club. Definitely we are going with him because Barcelona leadership does not have plan for him. They are confused.

  2. Lam Mach says:

    Messi Deserved to play with good players in the club, if you want to expect him to perform and to stay in the club beyond 2021.
    Please offload Busquet, Alba….. Griezmann

  3. King says:

    Barcelona interim president should resign.The team looked to be getting into good shape on the field and then come the comments from the interim president .Why would a leader even in an interim position come out to say if he had the chance he would have sold the captain of the team because he feels Barcelona are better off without the captain.That statement coming from the interim president of Barcelona is a psychological disaster for the team

  4. Anonymous says:

    Actually people say that he is contributing less to the club’s cause. but if you see more than the goals and aasists he has produced adding the take ons and dribbles he has completed, he’s the best. You can also watch a video in the YouTube channel aranFE on this

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