Barcelona boss Koeman accepts he won’t have a ‘quiet life’ due to Lionel Messi and jokes

RONALD KOEMAN has accepted he won’t have a ‘quiet life’ at Barcelona as he responded to Lionel Messi’s latest interview.

The Argentine, 33, called on the Blaugrana to be ‘united’ after his failed bid to secure a move away from the Nou Camp.

Lionel Messi scored in Barcelona's 4-0 win against Villarreal on Sunday


Lionel Messi scored in Barcelona’s 4-0 win against Villarreal on SundayCredit: Reuters

In only his second interview following his transfer saga, Messi insisted he wants an end to the arguments at Barca.

He said: “After so many disagreements, I would like to bring an end to everything.

“We all have to be united and assume that the best is yet to come.

“I take responsibility for my errors and if they existed, it was only to make FC Barcelona better and stronger.

“I wanted to send a message to all the fans that follow us.

“If at any moment, any of them were annoyed by something that I said or did, let there be no doubts that anything I did was always with the club’s best interests in mind.”

And Koeman has now given his say on Messi’s thoughts, as he joked there’s always something happening at the club.

Speaking to Sport, he said: “I don’t know if after Messi’s comments I will have a quiet life as Barca coach.

“I don’t think so, there’s always something!

“But, of course, it’s very positive that the captain calls for us to be united, very positive.

“And I hope we’re going to be a little calmer than have been recently.”


Messi spearheaded Barca’s attack in a 4-2-3-1 formation in the club’s LaLiga opener against Villarreal on Sunday – scoring their third goal.

Looking ahead to Thursday night’s clash against Celta Vigo, Koeman reflected on Messi’s new position.

He added: “We’re looking for a position in which Messi can be at his best for this club, as he always has done.

“In training, we always look for formulas to win and so Leo is very happy in this team.”


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