When the pandemic began, Gerard Piqué negotiated individually – to the chagrin of part of the dressing room because he understood that the board was trying to divide the dressing room – his downward renewal. And now, as Messi did before they told him that even with those he was not enough to wear the Barça shirt, Piqué sets an example as second captain of Barcelona, a player who after Bayern’s European debacle two years ago said that he would be the first to leave if it was the problem. And with the gesture of the 3 it has been valid so that Koeman can count on everyone for the match against Real Sociedad this Sunday (8:00 p.m., in Movistar), the forwards Memphis Depay and Rey Manaj (from the subsidiary, but with a sense of smell) as few as he has exhibited in preseason), also to central Èric García. “This fact has been possible thanks to the agreement reached with Gerard Piqué for the second Barcelona captain to significantly lower his salary,” said the Barça club in an official statement.
“It shows that they are people from home, that they have been here for many years and that they want to help the club,” Koeman replied when asked about Piqué’s gesture while also appreciating the open negotiations with Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto, who he has already adapted his contract to the needs of Barcelona. “The club needs help in every way, also from the fans,” insisted Koeman.
The Barça entity is holding talks with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba (two of the four captains together with Piqué and Sergi Roberto) so that they do the same as Piqué and thus be able to balance the salary mass that was lightened with Messi’s goodbye. A necessary step, however, so that the club can also sign up Kun, who was still muscularly injured for two and a half months. Time in which the sports area trusts to give way to Umtiti and Pjanic. The one who has not had problems to be registered has been Emerson Roya, as he was not a signing, but the full-back was on loan at Betis and was returning to his home club.
The Barça coach congratulated himself on the return of the public to the Camp Nou: “I am very excited about the 22,000 fans who will come to the stadium this Sunday to see a very interesting match against Real”. And he added: “I am convinced that the team we have will make people enjoy themselves. We have a very strong team to achieve important things. The team is ready, there are no more excuses, after a good preseason without Messi ”. Koeman considers Messi to be a closed book after being introduced as a PSG player: “There has been a lot of talk about Leo, the best player in the world. His departure is painful for all the Catalans. We miss him, but we can’t live off the past. ” “I insist that I am excited about the team we have and I ask the Barcelona fans for help; those who come will help us a lot to win ”.
The optimism of the Barça coach focuses especially on the League because “the Champions League is something else.” “We are a strong team and we can aspire to the maximum,” he continued. “We have already seen that sometimes the tournament is won by teams that do not have the best footballers, so it is about being a team. The players will have to take a step forward ”, he warned and later praised Memphis and Griezmann. “I expect a lot from Memphis,” he explained. “I look forward to the player I had for two years in the Netherlands national team. A strong, fast, effective and very important forward. I also love working with Griezmann; he is a team player, he helps without the ball and he is always happy and upbeat ”. Koeman pointed out, precisely, that for some the absence of Messi can be an advantage for his soccer expressiveness.
The Barça coach, however, still lacks a striker – “if possible we will try to sign an attacking player” – due to the absences of the injured Ansu Fati, Dembélé, Agüero and Coutinho. “We lack people at the top,” he added to later highlight that Pedri and Eric “have returned with great enthusiasm from the Olympic Games and have their heads set on Barça.” Both are available against Real together with De Jong and Gavi. On the other hand, it is already known which numbers the new ones of the course will wear. Memphis will take the 9, Kun the 19, Èric García the 24 and Emerson the 22, which was from an Ansu Fati who takes the 17.
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