Barcelona not among Champions League favourites, says Ronald Koeman

Ruben Hill
October 20, 2020

In a conversation with Dutch publication AD, Koeman also cleared Wijnaldum's move from Liverpool to Barcelona did not depend on Lionel Messi's future at Nou Camp.

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is not certain Lionel Messi will be at the club next season -BK8 Casino

'Maybe, at the moment, Messi's performances could be better, ' Koeman said.

"When you're at Barcelona you always want to be there fighting for trophies, be it in La Liga or Europe. We aren't the favourites, but we can go far", he told a news conference. "If he had left in the summer, I would have had a very different situation at Barca", The Mirror quotes Koeman as saying.

The Argentine made a decision to stay at the club, but his contract will officially expire next summer.

With 11 dribbles completed from 19 attempts, Messi has a success rate of 57.9, well down on last season's average of 64.3, which further highlights his relative struggle to impact upon Barca's play - a problem that came to a head in their 1-0 loss to Getafe.

However, he'll want to leave Barcelona - where he's spent his entire career - on a high, and nothing would be better than that long-awaited fifth Champions League. I haven't got any complaints.

The Ferencvaros game comes four days before the first Clasico of the season at home to Real Madrid but Koeman said his side are only focusing on the Champions League for now. We'll put out a strong team.

"What we can do is work with the players to adjust to the new system and we have a lot of new and young people, but we're optimistic about the game tomorrow. It will be a tough match as there's no such thing as an easy opponent nowadays", added the Dutchman.

The Argentine was not happy with how Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League losing against Bayern Munich and felt it was time for him to leave the side.

Koeman will be without goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jordi Alba plus long-term injury absentee Samuel Umtiti.

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Other reports by Click Lancashire

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