Ronald Koeman wins over Barcelona stars after Lionel Messi talks. The coach has always spoken to players directly.
Ronald Koeman has won over key Barcelona figures in his first weeks in charge. The coach started off with Lionel Messi, going to his house to speak to him about the project.
He told him that it would involve intense work, better physical preparation, and a different tactical idea to be able to battle with Europe’s giants again.
Messi took a positive sensation from the meeting although he still wanted to leave Barcelona.
The Argentine spoke with some team-mates in the following days and told them they would be in good hands.
He still saw himself outside the project but thought Koeman would fit well with the team.
Koeman spoke to other big name players – Busquets, Coutinho, Griezmann – and left it clear after his first session that the club would have a culture of rigorous work.
Credit: Sport English