Business as traditional or enterprise uncommon, that’s the query as Lionel Messi returns to work on Sunday—with a new coach in Ronald Koeman and with out Luis Suarez, his companion on the pitch and good friend off it. “(The possibility of) Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona wasn’t very nice. That was a bit of distraction because he is a very important player for La Liga,” stated league ambassador Luis Garcia forward of Barcelona’s opener, towards Unai Emery’s Villarreal.
“What is most important is what happens when he joins training. He looks like, as we all were expecting, giving 100%,” stated the previous Barcelona, Liverpool and Atletico de Kolkata player on a Zoom name with choose journalists on Thursday.
Messi, Barcelona’s all-time highest scorer with 634 targets, joined coaching later than his teammates however has performed in all three Barcelona friendlies, scoring two targets in a single.
Barcelona have bought Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Arturo Vidal however it’s Suarez, their third highest scorer with 198 targets and the one player within the Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo period to have been La Liga’s highest scorer, who may very well be missed.
“You did not deserve for them to throw you out like they did. But the truth is at this stage nothing surprises me anymore,” stated Messi in an Instagram publish on Friday.
Barcelona mess around Messi and there have been attacking players who haven’t clicked with him. It is an extended checklist of exemplary performers comparable to Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o. With Suarez, there was no drawback. Now it should be seen how Messi clicks with Antoine Griezmann, prone to be Suarez’s alternative. If match, a hurting Suarez may very well be simply what Atletico Madrid want to unravel their goal-scoring drawback.
Koeman, Pep Guardiola’s companion in Barcelona’s ‘Dream Team’ below Johan Cruyff, can be prone to ditch the 4-3-Three formation for 4-2-3-1 to permit Frenkie de Jong to indicate himself like at Holland. With Miralem Pjanic becoming a member of, it might imply Sergio Busquets, one other one of many membership’s outdated guard who president Josep Maria Bartomeu needs to promote, getting much less game time. If Pjanic and de Jong type a holding midfield partnership, Gerrard Pique and Messi may very well be the one players from the well-known Guardiola years Koeman makes use of frequently. Plenty of younger players have joined and Philippe Coutinho is back.
“These last few months… it hasn’t been the best way to get into Barcelona’s manager’s position. A new coach, a new way of playing but with the same philosophy, you could call this a transition but I will put Barcelona in the title fight along with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and maybe Sevilla,” stated Garcia.
Fernando Morientes, additionally a league ambassador, added Villarreal and Real Betis to that blend.
Real Madrid are additionally a staff in transition. They have off-loaded 16 players, together with Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez. “The coach probably didn’t want protagonists who could cause problems on a daily basis,” stated Morientes, a striker who had scored 72 targets in his career for Real Madrid.
The membership has not purchased any players both, reposing belief as a substitute on loaned players comparable to Martin Odegaard (21), goalie Andre Lunin (21) and right-back Alvaro Odriozola (24). Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde are a few of different junior players at Real. “We need to start to let young players be protagonists now,” stated Morientes.