Koeman responds to Griezmann demands to play number 10 role for Barcelona

  • Koeman responds to Griezmann demands to play number 10 role for Barcelona

Koeman responds to Griezmann demands to play number 10 role for Barcelona

New Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has shut down complaints from Antoine Griezmann after the French global suggested to the media the Dutchman doesn't know how to best utilize him in his starting eleven.

After scoring in the 2-1 win against Croatia on Wednesday, the 29-year-old said he felt good while representing his country because Didier Deschamps "plays me in my best position".

The comment seemed to be a clear allusion to Koeman, but when asked about Griezmann in his pre-game press conference, the Dutchman commented that "everyone has the right to say what they want".

Koeman has reportedly impressed several members of the Barcelona squad, including Lionel Messi, since taking charge at the club following the departure of Quique Setien - with his demand for effort on the training ground said to have earned him the nickname "Sergeant Koeman".

"I spoke to him (Griezmann) yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, but not about this question. We talked about his position and his performance", said Koeman on Friday.

"He can play in various positions, but I told him that I look for the best for the team and I think that his position is on the right with freedom", explained the Barcelona coach, a friend of clear speeches, of not beating around the bush and of commanding Obvious messages to his footballers when he understands necessary.

Koeman was also asked whether he would rest Leo Messi, with the trip to Getafe followed by Barca's Champions League debut and then the "Clasico" against Real Madrid and replied that he believed Messi could play in all of the games. Working hard, being very disciplined and be lucky in your offensive qualities. There were four or five attacks in which he had to do better.

"I remember a game between the Netherlands and France that played on the right", he revealed as casually and clearly, confirming that the position of 10 is one "and we can not end up playing with ten players in that position". No further discussion is needed on this topic. "The coach is in charge and the players must be at their best when they play".

"I have no problem with Antoine. If there's another position that you like, well, we can not play with 10 players in the number 10 position".

Koeman also said he was willing to start Messi against Getafe despite his captain recently returning from the other side of the world after helping Argentina to a 2-1 win away to Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. I ask how they are, if they are exhausted.

"He is a player who if he does not play is more exhausted".