Atletico Madrid and Barcelona faced each other in the Super Cup De Espana in Saudi Arabia. Atletico turned around the tables and defeated FC Barcelona 3-2 following late goals from Morata and Angel Correa. The Blaugrana side was the dominant force in the match for a substantial period but lacked sharpness in the most crucial moments of the game. They lacked the finishing ability and faltered in their defense, which has been a hallmark of Valverde’s team in this season. According to reports from El Desmarque, Lionel Messi is furious with the Barcelona dressing room and the manager despite backing Valverde in the post-match press conference. He has put forward some suggestions and names of players, who can substantially boost the Catalans back to their level.
Lionel Messi tables out suggestions for the team
Firstly, the Argentine talisman does not want Valverde to continue as the Head Coach of the club. Currently, Barcelona does not have any alternative to Valverde in the midseason. So, Barca is possibly not firing him still. But, there will undoubtedly be more alternatives at the end of the season. Ronald Koeman is one among them, and Xavi Hernandez is also getting linked to the Catalans.
Secondly, Lionel Messi has asked Barcelona to focus and strengthen their weaker areas. Since the departure of Dani Alves and Neymar Jr, the Right Back and Left-Wing Spot is one of the most significant weaknesses of Barca. Ousmane Dembele, Phillipe Coutinho have both failed to replace Neymar in the Left-Wing.
Messi prefers Joshua Kimmich as the most preferred option for the Right Back spot. With the possibility of Bayern Munich permanently buying Phillipe Coutinho next season, Barca can push for Kimmich in the upcoming season. Bayern currently values Kimmich at 65 million euros. But with the possible purchase of Coutinho next season, Bayern can increase Kimmich’s fee to about 80 million euros.
There were a lot of rumors linking Neymar Jr to Barcelona this season. He will be again looking to push for a Barcelona move this season. Paris will not take anything less than 250 million for Neymar Jr. Messi wants him as he believes he will take the club forward after his retirement. But, it will be very tough for Barca to sign Neymar after the investments they have made.