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I thought the club needed more young people, new people". In addition, in his opinion: “There has been no project for a long time and there is nothing, they are juggling and covering holes.”
The day opened with Jorge Messi going to the headquarters of the Leo Foundation in Barcelona to meet with his advisers and prepare a statement, addressed to the president of the league Javier Tebas, in which they defended their position and considered that the aforementioned body had misinterpreted the player’s contract.
A few hours before the note was made public, Messi had recorded the video in which he offers his explanations about his first intention to leave and his subsequent change of mind.
The complete interview with Leo Messi
The reply from Tebas and La Liga to Jorge Messi’s message was almost immediate, with a new statement reiterating its support for Barça and once again accepting the termination clause of 700 million euros.
When it seemed that the matter was heading towards a new escalation, the companions of ‘TyC Sports’ took for granted from Argentina, in a "exclusive preview", that: "Messi stays in Barcelona!".
The argument used is that the statement addressed to La Liga and Javier Tebas was aimed at clarifying the position of the Messi, highlighting their legal reason and marking distances with this body before revealing that he will continue one more year at the club, until reaching the Final date of the document, June 30, 2021.
Because Leo does not want to open a legal battle with Barça or falsely close his stage in the entity, when it is time to leave the Camp Nou. yes, he thinks that it should be evident that he freely chooses.
RATIFY YOUR REASON
Messi’s intention this Friday, after the ‘impasse’ since the meeting without an agreement between his father Jorge and Bartomeu, was to make it clear that he was right and that he could leave now and for free. But that, in his desire to finish his time at Barça in the best possible way, he decides to continue one more season.
The objective would be none other than to avoid a conflict that distances him from the fans and the club, which he considers his home after two decades in Barcelona.
Undoubtedly, Messi also avoids problems, legal and economic, to a possible destination club when his relationship with Barça ends, taking into account that as of July 1, 2021 there will no longer be doubts: he will have the freedom letter, If things do not change much in the coming months.
LaLiga statement on the Messi case
Now, with the player’s own explanations, everything indicates that the matter will be redirected, at least in the short term, and Ronald Koeman will be able to count on him for the 2020/21 season which, we must not forget, will be marked by the elections to the March 2021 club presidency.
Until now he has been a man of fixed ideas and has subscribed to “if something goes well there is no reason to touch it”, but the nearest horizon forces Ronald Koeman to make short-term decisions. So far he has distributed the bulk of the minutes among 14 players. Well, actually he has repeated the same eleven in the first three days with the only exception of Ronald Araujo for Lenglet against Sevilla at the Camp Nou and out of obligation for the expulsion of the Frenchman in Balaídos. In the first match against Villarreal that line-up worked like a charm for him. The Griezmann-Ansu-Messi trident, the midfield line with De Jong and Busquets and Coutinho a little ahead with more freedom. Well, in fact, freedom has been one of the constants among the men of the offensive plot in these first brushstrokes of the Koeman era.
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Ronald Koeman’s first rotations planned for Getafe game
In short, after aligning practically the same faces in this start, the former Dutch coach will introduce his first rotations in next Saturday’s match at the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum against Getafe. Because no matter how rigid and however much the cards have responded to him so far, he is aware that there are four meetings in 10 days and that it is untenable that they continue to act. Basically because many of them also come with a significant load with their selections.
Beyond the game in Getafe, the Barcelona team will have to face its premiere next Tuesday in this edition of the Champions League against the Hungarian Ferencvaros. But it is that the following two commitments are not wasted. Four days after facing each other with the Magyar team, Ronald’s team will host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou (Saturday at 4:00 pm as was done yesterday) in the first classic of the season. A match of, needless to say, maximum demand, both mental and physical. And after this first fireworks, the culmination of this first great round of fireworks will arrive.
Barça will head to the north of Italy, specifically to the capital of Piedmont, Turin, to face Cristiano’s Juventus (who, by the way, yesterday tested positive for coronavirus and his presence is more than in doubt for the crash). That duel corresponding to the second day of the group stage of the Champions League looks like another very complicated battle. It will be 11 days of maximum tension and in which the Dutch coach will have before him the greatest revalidation since he has taken the seat of the Camp Nou home bench.
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A name that will surely have (probably already at the Coliséum) a leading role that it has not enjoyed to date is Miralem Pjanic. The Bosnian, who barely accumulates 29 minutes in this start of the campaign (13 in the first game against Villarreal, none in Balaídos and 19 against Sevilla), is one of those who must already be a regular variant for Koeman. In fact, many place him (or placed him after the great start of ‘Busi’) as a starter, forming a tandem in the core with De Jong.
Despite the fact that he has been living a very tough tie (and with a sad ending in the penalty shootout) with his team to be in the Eurocup, Miralem needs minutes and Getafe is the ideal setting for him to have them. The same happens with Dest (Ronald already showed his trust in him by giving him entry after having completed a single training session) and with Trincao. All three aim to enter the beginning. We will see if the Dutchman dares with Pedri.
Ronald Koeman returns to work this Monday with the aim of preparing his new Barça to face an infernal calendar, with seven games in 23 days and full of highly demanding duels, for example against Real Madrid or Juventus in Turin.
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To be exact, Koeman begins to work with a part of his players, because the large group of internationals still have to face one more match in this national break. In the case of Leo Messi, Philippe Coutinho and Ronald Araujo, with the added factor of the long return trip after facing the demanding matches of the South American Qualifying Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Nor have his European colleagues enjoyed a vacation. From Busquets to De Jong, passing through Griezmann, all have played official competition, even if it is the UEFA Nations League; and in the case of Miralem Pjanic, also the qualifying rounds for Euro 2020, with bad luck in the case of the Bosnian. In total, fifteen blaugrana are attending the commitments of their selections.
New exodus in Barça for national team matches
On the other hand, Ronald is aware of the evolution of two now injured starters, Ter Stegen and Jordi Alba, and has been able to take advantage of these days for Sergiño Dest to acclimatize to his new club or for Gerard Piqué to do a specific job of laying ready.
The reality is that, as is usual in these cases, Koeman will start working with the few first-team players he has at his disposal and will not be able to count on all his troops until October 15 or 16.
The Dutchman will receive the internationals with his fingers crossed, hoping that the ‘FIFA virus’ will not hit a squad that will have to face this calendar in three weeks, at the rate of one match every 72 hours:
10/17/2020 · La Liga 1bet login · J.06 · Getafe – Barça20/10/2020 · Champions · J.01 · Barça – Ferencvaros24/10/2020 · La Liga · J.07 · Barça – Real Madrid28/10/2020 Champions J.02 Juventus – Barça01 / 11/2020 La Liga J.08 Alavés – Barça 04/11/2020 Champions J.03 Barça – Dynamo K. 08/11/2020 La Liga J.09 Barça – Real Betis
It is an agenda that will test to what extent Koeman has achieved the integration of the new reinforcements, if he has managed to permanently reengage the veterans and, above all, if the squad continues to assimilate the new tactical drawing ( 4-3-2-1) and maintains the virtues that it had shown at the start.
TWO EFFORT TEST
Without a doubt, the two games that stand out are the Camp Nou classic against Real Madrid and the trip to Turin to visit Juventus. Better physical tone, high pressure, closer lines, mobility of the forwards, circulation of the ball … were the credentials of Barça in the official start, although the excellent performances against Villarreal (4-1) and Celta (0- 3) were somewhat braked against a plethora of Sevilla (1-1).
The Barça coach attributed that slight braking to the fact that he is still building his team and that they faced three games in a week. Starting this week, Koeman will be able to certify if Leo Messi is connected again, if Coutinho maintains his resurrection and Ansu Fati, Trincao, Pedri or Araújo remain on the rise. You will also be able to integrate Sergiño Dest or squeeze the good start of Clément Lenglet.