Barcelona are a structurally better side without superstar forward Lionel Messi, according to head coach Ronald Koeman.
After Lionel Messi’s exit from the Catalan club they have doing quite well Winning their first four games without the Argentine star.
Ronald Koeman seems to be pleased with his absence at the club when revealed Barcelona is structurally better without Messi.
Following reports that Messi once threatened with a letter to leave the Catalan club earlier in 2020 but the club source ways to retain Messi but due to events of the revelation of his Barcelona contract and some LaLiga Santander rules that could not fit Messi in considering his salary and some other bonuses the club had to lease him.
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“It was a huge blow to lose him,” Koeman told Sport. “We had planned for the season with him.
“We lose so much and it took a few days to get things in order, but we must turn the page and build the team.
“Losing Messi doesn’t oblige us to play different tactically but there are things without the ball where the team can improve.
“We won’t have the individual quality of Leo, but in pressing and structuring the team, the team is better now.”
Koeman understands the club’s decision to let Griezmann depart in the final stages of the window, with Luuk de Jong arriving from Sevilla as a replacement.
“The aggravation we had on the last day, with practically no time to find a solution, it was a b****,” Koeman said.
“Griezmann had a great contract and if he left it was going to help improve the financial situation of the club. That’s why I agreed to his departure.”