In an interview with Dutch television "NOS VOETBAL", the new Barça coach defends that the midfielder acts as a pivot and makes it clear that he does not see the French as a winger
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman revealed his intentions towards the duo Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong,
especially as they did not provide outstanding levels during their first season with Barca.
“I still communicate with Pep Guardiola, he tells me that it is great to work with Messi,
that he loves to win and if he does not win it will be disturbing to him,” Koeman said during statements he made to the Dutch network (NOS).
About Lionel Messi, Coman said: “Messi should end his career here. Because Barcelona and Barcelona are Messi ”.
Ronald Koeman, new coach of FC Barcelona, is very clear about the Barça he wants.
While waiting to be able to define the squad to his liking, for now the Dutch coach will start ordering his players on the pitch.
De Jong and Griezmann
As he already hinted on the day of his presentation, Koeman plans to relocate De Jong as a pivot.
“The plan is to start playing with Frenkie de Jong in the position where he played for Ajax and he also plays for the national team,” Koeman said.
“I remember that I attended a Barcelona game and I saw him play in one position and I thought to myself: ‘I would never put him there.”
“If I invest in a player and pay a lot of money for him, he should play at his position.
The same applies to Griezmann. He must play in the position he is accustomed to in order to show all his abilities.”
In the same situation, Koeman sees the case of Antoine Griezmann, who could regain the position he occupied at Atlético de Madrid,
which was where he performed the most. “The same goes for Antoine Griezmann.
He is not a traditional winger, so you have to play him in his own position,
in a role that suits him and where he can show his skills, “added Koeman.