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Koeman flexes his muscles at Barcelona again ahead of Messi return

The turmoil at Barcelona over the last week since Lionel Messi effectively gave the club his notice only to reluctantly rescind it, is more than enough for the club to deal with.

However, the stark reality away from all of the drama is that the club have a new coach in Ronald Koeman who finds himself under the most intense pressure already without a ball even being kicked in anger.

Indeed, there are still three weeks to go before Barca open their LaLiga account for 2020/21, given their participation in the latter stages of the Champions League.

The Dutchman apparently made it perfectly clear who was boss when he first met with Messi, and ahead of a reunion between the pair at training on Monday, Koeman has metaphorically flexed his muscles once again.

With both Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal negotiating exits to Juventus and Inter Milan respectively, ESPN report that the coach has told the experienced pairing that they must train alone and away from the rest of the first-team squad.

Koeman’s hard line, compared to Quique Setien’s much friendlier approach, isn’t likely to win him any friends, but if Barca win titles and play well, there are unlikely to be too many complaints.

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4 Comments

  1. Augustine says:

    How Will The Team Perform If Player Are Not Happy Wit The Coach. He Has To Change His Attitude

  2. Ebuka Raphael says:

    I really love what koeman is doing in terms of being strict…. One, he has not preferred player…which will make everyone t fight for their spot…. Setien was friendly what has it go him… To be honest Barcelona need t focus… All this dead wood need t be shown the exit door… Selling Suarez n Vidal is a good way t start .. I wish firpo and the rest should also be shown the exit door.. But I really disagree with depay signing… Let’s see what koeman will bring to the table…

  3. Yeboah Jones says:

    Koeman will failed , Barcelona is foolishly letting Suarez go and in return will score against them in the future as it happened to coutino, there should be an experience players in The stricken position .

    1. Kingsley says:

      Bros,have u seen suarez lately during last season la liga campaign.How he looses possesion and loosing uncountable goals.If a player like Aguero or lewandoski is in the same position as barca no.9,they will be scoring goals more than lionel messi.And (2.)The friendship of messi and suarez is rly affecting the dressing room.and have if u watch the video of suarez as at yesterday in barca training.You will see how heavy he is..He cant even carry himself anymore.Even juve sporting director says suarez is too heavy and lazy.That if they sign him,they will have a lot of work to do on him regaining his fitness back.And mind you he is not getting any younger at 33.We rly appreciate what he has done for Barca in the past.And being the 3rd highest goal scorer in the history of Barca fc.A coach like koeman is needed in Barca to cut down the big boys ego and excesses.

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