Messi and Koeman under the microscope of the Barcelona crowd in the face of "yellow submarines"
Barcelona, with Argentine star Lionel Messi and new Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, will be under the microscope when they start their matches against Villarreal, the "yellow submarines", next Sunday in the third phase of the Spanish Football League, after an additional two-week break due to its association with his European entitlement last season.
The "flea" decided to stay in Catalonia at least for an additional season, the date of the expiration of his contract with his team in June 2021, and Sunday at the Camp Nou stadium will kiss the attention of the world of roundball.
The match will be held behind closed doors in front of the masses due to strict measures to prevent the outbreak of the new Corona virus epidemic, and it will be an opportunity to judge the capabilities of the new coach and former Barcelona defender Koeman in his first official appearance, after he decided to abandon his country's national team training and move to Spain to succeed Kiki Setien after a disappointing season. For hopes at all levels.
While Messi decided to stay compelled after expressing his desire to leave openly, he left many stars and companions, beginning with his friend, Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, who recently moved to Atlético Madrid, and the team lost the efforts of the late Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal to the Italian and Portuguese Nelson Simedo (Inter). Wolverhampton, England), while Ivan Rakitic, the Croatian, took the way back to Seville, and Brazilian Arthur left for Juventus.
Facing the wave of departures, the Catalan club contracted with Bosnian Miralem Pjanic from Juventus and with the Portuguese international striker Francesco Trinkau from Braga, and recovered the efforts of the Brazilian Felipe Coutinho on loan to Bayern Munich.
And the administrative change affected with the dismissal of the French sports director Eric Abidal and the appointment of Ramon Blanes as his successor.
It is true that Messi will find himself in a state of isolation, but he will not be alone, as the preparatory matches for Barcelona reflected a positive image of the psychological state of the absolute goal in the history of the club (634), but the most important question remains: Will he be able to adapt to the French Antoine Griezmann, Othman Dembele, and the returning Coutinho?
All signs indicate a positive answer. The three preparatory matches ended with three victories, and the Catalan fans adore the number 10 owner, his wife and children, who loved the city and lived through difficult moments after Messi's decision to leave.
In the end, "King Messi" will not find himself alone on the field or even in the dressing rooms as he is still surrounded by "old guard" like Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba, to Pepe Costa, the official team manager, but in the shadows he plays the role of a man of confidence and keeper of Messi's secrets .
"Radical changes" is the slogan launched by President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who finds his neck under the guillotine withdrawing confidence from him, after the signatures collected by his opponents reached more than 20,000, after the historic humiliating loss to Bayern 2-8 in the Champions League quarter-finals and not It enables him to keep his title as champion of the league.
Although Barcelona is going through a difficult transition period, the hearts of the club’s fans are not doubtful as long as Messi decides to stay, and this is something Villarreal coach Unai Emery knows well, who said, “Barcelona is a great team. I am happy Messi will stay and because we will enjoy him again in La Liga. ".
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