Ronald Koeman: Barcelona miss Lionel Messi in these types of games

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has admitted the club are already feeling the absence of Lionel Messi.

Messi severed his 20-year connection with the Catalan giants at the start of the month after leaving the club following the expiration of his contract.

The Argentinian is yet to make his debut for new club Paris Saint-Germain with La Blaugrana enduring a mixed start to the season.

An opening day win over Real Sociedad was followed by a battling draw at Athletic Bilbao this weekend and Koeman stated the team missed Messi against the club he has scored the most goals against in his club career.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona

“I don’t like to always talk about it, but we are talking about the best player in the world”, as per reports from Marca.

“The opposition is more afraid when Messi is there.

“If you give Leo a pass, he usually doesn’t lose the ball. You can tell he is not here. We know that but it can’t be changed.”

Memphis Depay snatched a late 1-1 draw for Koeman’s side in the Basque Country with an excellent solo goal as Barcelona avoided a first defeat of 2021/22.

La Blaugrana have a full seven days rest before their next outing with Getafe going to the Camp Nou on August 29 before both players head off on international duty next month.

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  1. A away to Athletic Bilbao is a good result, though the lack the cutting edge we appreciate the players, they really giving their best to the team. I prefer the play now compared to last season where every ball must get to Messi. Bravo guys, a lot of improvement has been made on and off the ball. Great team work.

  2. Folks, let’s face the painful fact that both laliga and Barca are going pay dearly for what they did to Leo. Laliga is unfaithful to his players. Look at what Barca did to Suarez. Imagine what real did to Ciro and Ramos. They have started paying anyway! Betray a player of Messi’s class and you paywith plantinum!!

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