Ronald Koeman faced the press on Friday ahead of Barcelona’s La Liga clash with newly-promoted Cadiz on Saturday.
The Barcelona boss was asked about Neymar’s recent comments about Lionel Messi, the progress of his injured defenders, and the form of Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele.
Here are the best bits:
Koeman on Neymar’s comments
I don’t like to talk about individual cases, but as a culé you want to see the best in your team. As a club you have to try to have the best players here
Koeman on Messi
We know the situation of Leo Messi , the comments from outside do not interest me, if they come from the club they do not help us. The comments from outside you cannot control, those from inside are different.
Koeman on Cadiz
Normally we will have a lot of ball against a defense like Cádiz, we will have to be patient. It seems that it is difficult for them to win more at home, but they are having good results, and it is a complicated match in which we must be focused to play at our level.
Koeman on signing Eric Garcia in January
It’s too soon to talk about the transfer window. We are still recovering players and we need to wait until January and see the situation at that time. We will have a new president and we need to talk to him about what to do in the future. It all depends on the economic situation and whether it’s possible or not.
Koeman on Braithwaite
He suits us very well. Thanks to his work, he’s helped the team and players coming in from the wings can take advantage of the space he creates. We need to take advantage of that.
Koeman on Umtiti
Umtiti is very close to coming back. He played 60 minutes in friendly game with the B team. Not had any problems, so he’s there. We have to look at options, make decisions. I don’t know when but he could be in the squad soon
Koeman on Dembele
The first thing that’s changed is he’s improved physically. For any player to perform, they need to be in best shape. Little by little he’s gaining more confidence. You notice he’s happy recently. We keep going, working on things, but I’m very happy with him.
Koeman on Griezmann
Griezmann is a great player who can play in different positions. The change is not just because he plays in other positions or because of Braithwaite but also because of the confidence. Everyone can have a tough time. He’s working hard and trying to do his best in the training sessions. It starts with that mentality and in the end the good players show that on the pitch.