“Pique has enough experience to say what he wants, but there is a need to be careful with the comments about referees because just a little can create a problem,” Koeman said.

Gerard Pique should be careful with criticising referees

Ronald Koeman spoke out about the disciplinary proceedings that have been opened against Gerard Pique, with the centre-back in hot water following recent comments about referees. The Barcelona boss has said that there is a need to be careful with such words. “He has enough experience to say what he wants. But there is a need to be careful with the comments about referees because just a little can create a problem,” Koeman said. “There is a need to be critical but respectful so that they cannot do anything”. Koeman was then asked about a recent situation in which he himself criticized. The Dutchman argued that Barcelona should have had a penalty in their midweek game against Sevilla for an incident involving Jordi Alba.

The match against Alaves is more important than PSG and Neymar

“It was a penalty, it was inside,” the coach said. “I don’t understand why VAR doesn’t come in there. The referee said it was a free-kick, but everyone told me it was a penalty. But now the focus of Barcelona is the LaLiga match against Alaves”. Koeman was asked about Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain but insisted that the priority is Saturday’s game. “Neymar is not an Alaves player, so the question is for Monday, not today,” he said in response to a question about the Brazilian. “I do not doubt that my players are focused on Alaves. This match is more important than PSG. We’re going game by game. We will not have too many rotations, and we will extinguish the team that can win. The team is good physically, although some players have played many minutes.”

“When the players come back from injury, we’ll decide on the day of the game. I wouldn’t say I like taking risks with injured players. They need to recover well without rushing into it.”