Koeman: "Guardiola says it's great to work with Messi"

"It has to end here because he is Barcelona and Barcelona is Messi," he points out in NOS. He also confirms that De Jong will play as a midfielder and says that "Griezmann is not a winger."


Ronald Koeman spoke again about Messi in statements to the Dutch media NOS and acknowledged that Pep Guardiola has 'advised' him on Leo Messi: "I still have a lot of contact with Pep and he says it is great to work with Messi. He is a winner and if not He does it, it may feel annoying. I have to make sure it works, that it feels important. He has to finish his career here, because he is Barcelona and Barcelona is Messi. "

The Dutch coach also confirmed, as he did in his presentation, that De Jong will play as a midfielder and not as an interior in his Barcelona: “Yes, that's my idea. If you invest in a young player and pay a lot of money for him, you have to put him to play in a position where he performs well. ”

“That also applies to Antoine Griezmann. It is not a true extreme. He has to play in a position he is used to and where his qualities work as best as possible, "he added.

Regarding Alfred Schreuder, who will be his second, he noted: “He has had a great role during his time at Ajax (as Erik ten Hag's assistant). And the players are always very positive towards him. He has also been an assistant to Julian Nagelsmann, the man of the future in the world of coaching. He has many ideas. ”

Asked about the coronavirus crisis, which will greatly limit his ability to maneuver with the signings, he commented: “Things are not bad when you see what kind of players there are and the talent they have. Then I have to meet the young people who come. There is a lot of future, even without making big transfers. ”

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