Koeman will not give Messi rest and will align him against
17 October, 2020, 21:25
New Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has put his foot down after Antoine Griezmann hinted that he was unhappy with the Dutchman playing him on the right of a three behind Lionel Messi.
Griezmann, 29, has started all three of Barcelona's opening La Liga fixtures on the right side of a trio of attackers but was deployed in a central role by France manager Didier Deschamps during the global break, where he scored during Wednesday's 2-1 win against Croatia. "My job is to bring out the best performance of each player but I can only pick 11". "We know that these things can happen". I spoke to him yesterday, but not because of what he said.
"I spoke with Antoine [on Thursday] and I told him I'm looking out for the best for the team and I think he's best on the right for us", Koeman told ESPN.
Koeman was also asked whether he would rest Leo Messi, with the trip to Getafe followed by Barca's Champions League debut and then the "Clasico" against Real Madrid and replied that he believed Messi could play in all of the games. "This afternoon we have our last training session and we will decide the team for tomorrow", said Koeman.
"He is already doing all he can do: he works hard, has an excellent discipline and now he must be luckier with his final touch".
"When I was Netherlands coach and we played France, he played on the right". They are placed eighth in the points table and have the same number of points as Barcelona but have played a game more.
"You don't have to talk so much about a footballer or compare him to anyone else". I look for the best and try to get the best out of everyone. I can only play one player in each of the three attacking positions. "Griezmann can play inside". A win tonight will see them move to the top of the table, now held by reigning champions Real Madrid.
"Everyone has come back with enthusiasm and joy".
The La Liga 2020-21 Getafe vs Barcelona fixture will be played at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. From U10s until Barça B. When I left, I played higher up the pitch because they felt I could add more pressing.
"I hope Marc can be with us soon, but it probably won't be next week".
"Leo has spent many years playing in a tight schedule, and if he doesn't play then he feels even more exhausted", Koeman added.