“I respect everybody’s choice however, for me, Leo is the very best participant on the planet,” Koeman stated in a information convention forward of Wednesday’s Champions League recreation in opposition to Dynamo Kiev.
“I see the ambition he has and his profitable character on daily basis. He isn’t a participant I’ve difficulties with. He is the captain and I converse with him each week about issues on the pitch and issues within the dressing room to [maintain] a great relationship with him.
“I see issues in another way and I’m not in settlement with Setien, though I respect his opinion. If that is what he says, that is how it’s for him.”
Messi has scored three targets in eight video games this season however they’ve all come from the penalty spot. He’s with out a objective in La Liga in 5 matches.
Messi and Barca’s profligacy in entrance of objective has seen them decide up simply two factors from their final 4 video games and Koeman stated he accepts the criticism that comes with that even when he feels performances have been optimistic.
Nonetheless, he additionally urged the membership to signal a brand new striker in January and sources have informed ESPN that Barca have stepped up their curiosity in Benfica‘s Darwin Nunez.
“I’ve stated numerous occasions that we’d like a No. 9 nevertheless it is dependent upon the membership’s monetary place in January,” Koeman stated.
“We’ve to attend. I do not wish to pressure it as a result of I got here right here realizing the monetary scenario. If it is not doable, it is not doable, we are going to preserve working with what now we have obtained.”
Whereas Barca’s worst begin to a La Liga season since 2002-03 has them within the backside half of the desk, issues have gone barely higher within the Champions League up to now.
Following back-to-back wins in opposition to Ferencvaros and Juventus, they welcome a Dynamo Kiev staff to Camp Nou on Wednesday who will probably be with out 9 gamers who’ve examined optimistic for coronavirus.
“We noticed with Shakhtar [Donetsk] beating Actual Madrid that the extent does not essentially drop,” Koeman stated.
“Shakhtar had a whole lot of gamers out with coronavirus and so they received the sport so we should always not anticipate Kiev’s stage to drop an excessive amount of. We’ve to respect them and we should play properly to win the sport.”
Barca might welcome again Marc-Andre ter Stegen in opposition to Kiev. The goalkeeper has not performed but this season however is again in coaching and might be within the squad which will probably be introduced on Wednesday.