Ronald Koeman slams Quique Setien for saying Messi was difficult to manage

Ronald Koeman slams Quique Setien for saying Messi was difficult to manage

- Ronald Koeman has played down Quique Setien's comments about Lionel Messi

- The former Barcelona boss recently claimed the club captain was difficult to manage

- Koeman side are currently 12th on La Liga table after just two wins from six matches

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Ronald Koeman has responded to Quique Sentien's comments about Lionel Messi after the former Barcelona boss said the club captain was difficult to manage.

In a recent radio interview, the Dutch boss dismissed claims that Messi was arrogant but praised the Argentine as being the best player in the world.

Barcelona boss slams Koeman ex-coach who claims Messi was difficult to manage
Barcelona boss slams Koeman ex-coach who claims Messi was difficult to manage. Photo by David Ramos and Jose Breton
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Koeman said.

“Every manager is different, but I do not agree with what he has said about Leo.
“But I respect his opinion and I respect his lived experience.
“For me, Leo is the best in the world. Every day I see his ambition, his winning character, it speaks for itself.

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"He is not a player who has difficulties, he is the captain and every week I speak with him about things on the pitch, the dressing room, to have a good relationship.”

Setien was relieved of his duties after Barcelona's dismal performance last season and failing to win a trophy.

The former Real Betis' boss woes were complete after La Blaugrana were dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich with an embarrassing 8-2 scoreline.

Despite trying to implement Pep Guardiola’s ultra-possession based system, Setien failed to do better than Ernesto Valverde who cared less about possession but won trophies.

However, Koeman is not having easier at the Camp Nou either, managing to grind out two wins from six matches included the same number of losses and draws.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Lionel Messi had a manic three weeks at Catalan club Barcelona during the summer as the Argentine was allegedly told by the then manager, Quique Setien, he could use the door.

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Messi and the manager were in deep brawl during the period in the wake of the 8-2 loss in the hands of Bayern Munich as they exit the Champions League last season.

Barcelona captain and teammates were in a row with the manager over his tactics which allowed rivals Real Madrid move ahead to win the La Liga following the Catalan's 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo in June. also reported that Toni Bruins, former Barcelona coach, has died at the age of 73 after losing a long battle to cancer, according to Spanish news media outlet Mundo Deportivo.

The Dutchman was former assistant coach to the late Johan Cruyff and Charly Rexach during his spell at the Camp Nou.

He helped La Blaugrana win a number of trophies including their first Champions League title in 1993 during his eight years with the Catalan side.

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