Ronald Koeman surprised when talking about the future of Lionel MessiThe Dutch coach spoke in the pre-match against Granada
This Thursday, Barcelona will complete its agenda to catch up in the Spanish league with a particular motivation: if it defeats Granada at the Camp Nou, it will remain the only leader of the championship. With this Thursday, the Catalans have six commitments left to finish a season that started to tumble due to the shock generated by Lionel Messi's exit attempt, the change of coach and the poor results at the beginning. But the boat was righted by the hand of Ronald Koeman, who spoke of the future of the Argentine and left a striking phrase in the last press conference.
When asked about the continuity of the Flea, the Dutchman said: “It doesn't worry me at all, I worry about winning tomorrow's game. What may happen at the end of the season I don't know, I don't care today”. The culé strategist is focused 100% on the outcome of the domestic tournament after winning the Copa del Rey and having been eliminated in the Champions League by Paris Saint Germain, Messi's possible destiny.
Regarding the supposed offer that transcended in the last hours of the Parisians to Rosario, he clarified: “I'm not really interested because I do not know if it is true. I hope that Leo continues with us, I have said it several times. For me it has to end here because he has been here all his life, but in the end the decision has to be made by Leo”.
There are barely six games and two months until Messi's contract with Barcelona ends, but this issue is not a priority today for Koeman, who thinks only about the local title: “The game is important because we can be leaders but first we have what to win. Nowadays it was an unexpected situation when we had enough points of difference, being able to fight to win the League is something great that we have achieved”.
And he concluded: “The team that wants to be champion will have to win all the games that remain. I see my players very strong mentally. I've seen the team very focused, I don't see that they think the job is done”.
Barcelona's calendar in La Liga
What games do Barcelona have left in the season? This Thursday he will see them with Granada (8th in the table) from 14 (Argentine time), on Sunday he will visit Valencia (14th) in Mestalla, later he will have a decisive duel against Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou, he will visit Levante (12th) will receive Celta (9th) and will close with Eibar (20th) away from home.