FC Barcelona face Atletico Madrid on Saturday in what could be a title defining week in La Liga. Ronald Koeman spoke to the press before the match, where he talked about Saturday’s match, the dinner at Messi’s house, his sanction and much more.
Barça drew 2-2 against Valencia in their last match (Image credits: Lluis Gene/Getty Images) FC Barcelona faces Valencia CF at the Mestalla Stadium on Sunday, tonight, in what seems to be a "must-win" fixture for the Catalans after their tragic, yet unnecessary 2-1 loss to Granada, in La Liga this week. The disappointment against Granada was brutal not just for us cules, but it also left a devastating effect on the players mentally to see through the campaign ahead. Since then, Real & Atlético Madrid have both pounced back securing their three points respectively which now deems tonight’s Valencia fixture to be extremely crucial for Barça if they want to thrive in the title race ahead. Koeman’s 23-man squad has travelled to Mestalla
Last August, Leo Messi rocked the football world with his request to leave Barça, the club of his life, to seek pastures new. On the back of yet another European humiliation, this time an unprecedented 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter final, it was perhaps expected. Rumours had been brewing since July 2020 that Messi did not intend to renew his contract, and it only made sense that the disaster in Lisbon accelerated that desire to leave in 2021 to a desire to jump ship immediately.