Ronald Koeman has said that Lionel Messi is back to his best
“Since the first day that I arrived at the club I think Lionel Messi has given everything,” he told a news conference.
“I haven’t been surprised by his quality because he’s obviously been showing how good he is for years. It’s possibly true that he’s been less effective than normal which is why there could have been doubts but he’s doing a lot better now, he feels comfortable at the moment and he feels up for the challenge.
“That’s how I feel. But I think Messi is the one who can answer that best.”
Koeman also praised other members of his Barcelona squad.
“I think everything starts with the player himself. If the player feels comfortable and feels physically fit he can play well,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s ever been any question about his quality, at least in my opinion, but there have been doubts about his ability to stay fit. At the moment he seems fully fit and I have to think about the programme of games ahead and when we can give him a rest because he hasn’t played regularly for quite some time.
“He has to learn how to manage his game time as well. But in terms of the football he can play we know what he can give to the team. He’s very good going forward, he attacks with the ball and those are good qualities for us.”