The retired striker has played 235 times for the club and gave a fair assessment of Barca’s current situation as he discussed Ronald Keeman, Ansu Fati and Barcelona’s hopes.

Barca should sign one or two strikers

As a club, Barcelona have gone through a lot of controversies in recent weeks and the latest former player to come out and discuss their chances of success this season is Rivaldo, who has called on the club to make signings. The retired striker has played 235 times for the club and gave a fair assessment of Barca’s current situation as he discussed Ronald Keeman, Ansu Fati and Barcelona’s hopes. “I thought Barcelona needed to sign someone before Ansu Fati was injured, so now I think it even more,” Rivaldo said. “Barcelona should try to sign one or two strikers if they want to fight for the Champions League”. However, he also admitted that it is a difficult situation for the club, and in particular for coach Koeman.

Messi on the bench is not a good decision

“Koeman should have more offensive options to manage a squad that is strong enough and competitive enough in big games, in important ties,” Rivaldo mused. “Ansu played well; he gained confidence and became more influential in the team; his absence is another headache for the coach”. That adds to his current problems of managing a superstar like Lionel Messi, as Rivaldo himself admitted. “It’s not easy to convince someone of Messi’s level that staying on the bench is a good decision because Leo will always want more,” Rivaldo recognized. “It works great against Betis. Messi played great and, what’s more, he was saving energy for the future. It struck me that I did not see Messi angry and even that he pushed hard in the second half to make a difference.”

“Of course, a coach in a big club must manage his players well. He’s communicating clearly with everyone to gain their trust, that is what Koeman does”. Rivaldo has also stepped into the controversial topic of the alleged European Super League, which he is entirely against. “This kind of competition will reinforce the differences between big teams and medium and small clubs,” Rivaldo admitted. “I am sure projects of this kind will be discussed because they move a lot of money. But I hope it does not go ahead. It would be huge damage to football for a tournament created with the sole purpose of making money for the organizers and the strongest clubs”. As things stand, his former club Barcelona will be one of those who will be part of such a project.