FC Barcelona are competing in their first season without Lionel Messi in two decades. La Liga Santander has just begun, but manager Ronald Koeman is ready to admit that he has already missed Argentina’s presence on the pitch.
Coeman has planned his 2021-22 season with Messi in mind, but now that the former captain has left the club, he is forced to adjust his strategy and rebuild his team without any basis. The club’s president, Juan Laporta, has always insisted he would agree to let Messi stay, but unfortunately, even if the player wanted to continue, the club’s financial crisis made it impossible.
Barcelona made a positive start to the season with a 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad in their Liga match. However, they only managed to come from behind to draw Saturday against Athletic Bilbao.
Koeman admitted that Messi always delivered against the Basque side, and he was definitely missed during the match. Coincidentally, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner won most of his club’s goals against Athletic.
“I don’t always like to talk about it, but we’re talking about the best player in the world,” said the Dutchman. Brand. He also explained how Argentina’s presence on the pitch has an immediate effect on the opposing team.
He added: “The opposition is more scared when Messi comes. If you pass to Liu, he usually doesn’t lose the ball. You can tell he’s not here. We know, but we haven’t changed him. Can go
Fortunately, for the summer, new signing Memphis Depp was there to help him save one point from the match. He scored a late equalizer with a single effort with only 15 minutes left in regulation.
Barcelona can make Messi disappear, but Koeman knows they can do nothing to bring him back. They need to adapt quickly to the post-Messi era to challenge for the title this season.
Meanwhile, Messi’s new club Paris Saint-Germain have yet to see the benefits of keeping him on the roster. Mauricio Pochettino is taking his time to sign his blockbuster, and fans are still looking forward to seeing Messi in active competition.