Simeone justifiably harsh in Barcelona criticism
The Colchoneros headmaster – who has been extremely profitable within the Spanish capital in almost a decade of service with Atléti – has gained eight items of silverware for the Wanda Metropolitano outfit whereas additionally reaching the ultimate of the Champions League on two events.
Simeone’s harsh phrases for certainly one of Atléti’s chief home rivals surrounded the departure of membership legend Lionel Messi and the ensuing struggles the Catalan giants have gone by way of this season on the pitch;
“Barça don’t have Messi? Take a look at their group. Sergi Roberto, Dest, Piqué, Lenglet, Araujo, Alba, Balde-17 years outdated, Pedri, Gavi—did you see him vs Italy?, Dembele, Agüero, Ansu, De Jong, Memphis, Coutinho… You misplaced Messi? We by no means had Messi. Nah, don’t give me excuses.
Umtiti is an efficient participant, who’s going by way of dangerous spot you possibly can say. It’s the identical for Lenglet. He’s an extremely necessary middle again. Take a look at how good he was earlier than, necessary in a number of league titles. Come on man.”
No Messi is not any excuse for stuttering Barça
Two losses to start the Champions League group stage is hardly what Barcelona would have wished for within the opening months of an period with out Lionel Messi.
Barça at present sitting ninth in La Liga and already 5-points off the tempo set by each Madrid golf equipment in addition to Actual Sociedad solely compounds the problems on the Camp Nou.
With Ronald Koeman nonetheless by some means hanging on by a thread at his present put up within the Catalan capital, it’s exhausting to say that Simeone is inaccurate in his evaluation of Barça’s scenario.
Regardless of Messi now plying his commerce within the metropolis of lights, the membership nonetheless possesses a really succesful first-team squad with a cadre of extremely proficient gamers of their prime, in addition to budding kids commanded by a contingent of extremely skilled veterans.
Barcelona ought to be performing far above their present degree regardless of the lack of Messi, and that reality solely rests on the toes of Koeman who – as Simeone so aptly put – has no viable excuses to wield.
As each golf equipment re-enter La Liga play within the coming weekend, Simeone has an opportunity to open up an 8-point hole between the 2 golf equipment as Barça are set to conflict with difficult Valencia whereas Atléti have a extra favorable fixture towards relegation threatened Grenada.
Ought to Simeone put his cash the place his mouth is, issues will go from determined to disastrous in a rush for Azulgranas the world over.