Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says Lionel Messi has been the perfect captain and an instance to the remainder of the crew for the process he has utilized himself since deciding to remain on the membership this season. Messi gave an excellent efficiency in Barca’s 3-Zero win over Celta Vigo on Thursday after enjoying the entire second half with 10 males, crushing any fears that the Argentine may lack dedication after the membership refused to let him depart.
“From day one Leo has trained and played well and has given the maximum for the club, for his team and for his team mates and I have had no complaints about him on any day,” Koeman stated forward of Barca’s La Liga game at house to Sevilla on Sunday.
“He proved himself once again the other day against Celta, he pulled his weight as a captain, he helped the team play the ball out from the back because it’s so important to keep the ball when you have one less player.
“There’s no debate, for me he has always been the best player in the world, I thought that before from the outside and I think it even more now I’m working with him. He’s fully committed, he’s an example to everyone as a captain should be.”
Koeman additionally praised the type of Philippe Coutinho, who has thrived since coming back from a mortgage spell at Bayern Munich, having flopped in his first two seasons with the Catalans after a membership record shift from Liverpool in 2018.
“Coutinho is a very good player, he has learned a lot in England and with Bayern and my job as a coach is to get the best out of each player and find their best role,” he stated.
“A coach can help but it all starts with the quality of a player and Coutinho is a great footballer.”
The Dutchman additionally stated Barca need to signal a striker and a centre back earlier than the switch window shuts, confirming their curiosity in Manchester City defender Eric Garcia.
“We would like to sign this player, we have four centre backs and we are short there. We know it’s difficult financially but I hope we can get it done,” Koeman stated.