The Dutchman already knows the pressure of playing for Barcelona and expects it to be as intense as the club’s coach.

Koeman doesn’t expect that he’d have a quiet life

Leo Messi called for unity as Barcelona’s season gets well and underway, but Ronald Koeman does not expect that rallying cry to make his life too easy. The Dutchman already knows the pressure of playing for Barcelona and expects it to be as intense as the club’s coach. “I don’t know if I’ll have a quiet life because of Messi’s comments. I don’t think so,” he said during the interview. “There always something. But it’s a positive thing when the captain is calling for unity, and I hope we can be calmer than we have been lately. We need to make this the better team for him so he can be in his best condition. It’s essential to play with a system where the players feel comfortable.

Barca have signed Sergino Dest from Ajax

“We will work on this in training, where he also wants to win. The way to keep Messi happy is to win the matches.” Koeman was also asked about potential reinforcements, namely the imminent signing of Sergino Dest from Ajax. “We know that the club has some problems from an economic point of view like all clubs do right now, but there are one or two positions in which we aim to strengthen ourselves,” Koeman told the press. “We’re also pretty short in the center-back position.

 

The coach looked ahead to Thursday’s Vigo match, where Barcelona has not won in their last six visits. “We expect it to be a tough game,” he told reporters. “Barcelona have not won there in recent years, and it is a tough place to go to. Celta Vigo have excellent technical players, and you have to be good to beat them. Whether we are at home or away, I want us to play the same way, putting pressure on the opposition, dominating, and playing at a high level. I know that the performances were not so good away last season, but I’m not interested in that. The team is good and confident. There may be some changes in this match, but I don’t want to do a lot of rotations because there is no need now.”