Ronald Koeman defends Messi’s angry outburst.
Ronald Koeman defends his star player when a flock of journalists startled Messi on his return to Barcelona from the international break and his response to a provocative question.
“We have to respect players like Leo Messi. Asking him questions about his relationship with Griezmann after a very long trip is very disrespectful.” The Dutchman continued on this forefront about their relationship, saying, “I have not seen a problem between Leo and Antoine. This is just an attempt from the media to create controversy.”
“I am going to defend Leo. If I have a 15-hour trip back to Barcelona and I was asked those questions he was asked, I would be frustrated. Again, I hope Messi stays at Barça because what he has done here is extraordinary.”
“I don’t see Messi outside Barcelona. I will not answer any more questions regarding Leo.”
Koeman was then asked about the treatment of Riqui Puig who has not played more than 11 minutes this season.
“Riqui is one of the players that need to work hard in order to get minutes. He has shown that lately by training very well. He will play when he deserves it.”