Barça coach Ronald Koeman was invited on Monday to comment on Lionel Messi’s recent comments and the likely arrival of Mauricio Pochettino on the PSG bench.
At a press conference on Monday, Ronald Koeman first got down to giving news of a Lionel Messi hit in an ankle, according to a Blaugrana medical statement published on Sunday. ” Leo had discomfort in his ankle. He couldn’t train or play tomorrow, which is why we gave him two extra days of vacation. He returns after the match with Eibar (this Tuesday, editor’s note). Doctors say a week without training will be good for Leo… “
This first subject dedicated to La Pulga evacuated, the Batavian technician could not avoid questions about the interview of his star player with Sexta – an interview broadcast on Sunday evening and in which the Argentinian ensures that he has not yet decided on to his future. ” I think it’s perfect for him to do this type of interview. As for his case, I have always been calm and I am not more so today because he said he would decide at the end of the season. I can’t influence it anyway. The only thing I can do is get him his best performance on the pitch, and we’ll see later.. “
“Leo won’t decide based on a coach”
No question, however, to comment on the imminent arrival of Mauricio Pochettino on the bench of PSG, Barcelona’s next opponent in the knockout stages of the Champions League. “ Her name (Pochettino, editor’s note) appears in the press but I don’t know if it’s true. We’re going to face each other in two months, I’m not going to worry about that now. “As for the possible impact of his Argentinian counterpart on the choice of Messi at the end of the season, Koeman hardly believes it:” I don’t think Leo will decide his future based on a coach or a country. These are decisions that must be made as a family and I don’t think a coach can influence his destiny … “