The Barça coach recognizes that the Argentine’s departure “is painful for all the Catalans”, but declares himself “excited” with the team he has, although he insists on the need to sign another striker
Before Barcelona plays its first official match without Leo Messi against Real Sociedad on Sunday (8:00 pm), in its debut in the League, coach Ronald Koeman assured this Saturday that he was “excited about the team” and asked avoid “living in the past.”
The departure of Messi «is painful for all the Catalans, because of what Messi has done for this club, the type of player he is … We miss him because he has been a very important player in the history of Barça. But you don’t have to live in the past, things change and I’m excited about the team we have, “Koeman said at a press conference this Saturday.
“When we recover injured players, we will have a very strong squad to achieve important things. Starting tomorrow there are no more excuses, there will be points to earn. The team is ready, we have had a very good five-week preseason, where Leo was not either “, valued the Dutch coach, who begins his second season on the Barça bench.
Although it registered the signings of Sergio Agüero and Memphis Depay, Barça is looking for an attacker to cover the casualties due to injury in the offensive field (‘Kun’ himself, Ousmane Dembélé, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho …), announced Koeman. The squad is a bit short in “forwards, so we have talked about being able to sign an attacker. But it will depend on whether we can sign. It all depends on the financial ‘fair play’ issue. If possible, we may sign one up, “revealed Koeman.
Barça benefited from a gesture by four heavyweights from the dressing room: Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto agreed to lower their salary to help the club square the financial ‘fair play’ established by LaLiga. «We know perfectly well the financial situation of the club, it needs help in every way. So his attitude must be highlighted, “praised the Dutchman.