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Barcelona Boss Ronald Koeman Admits That They Are Already Missing Lionel Messi

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi left Barcelona to join PSG on a free transfer in the summer of 2021
Lionel Messi left Barcelona to join PSG on a free transfer in the summer of 2021 / David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman has admitted that the club are already feeling the absence of Argentina icon, Lionel Messi after the Catalan giants managed to eke out a 1-1 draw against Athletic Club in LaLiga on Saturday.

New signing, Memphis Depay scored his maiden goal for the club with an excellent solo goal in the 75th minute to ensure that Barcelona managed to leave the San Mames Barria with an important point on the night.

The Catalan giants went into the current campaign without Messi for the first time since 2004, after the striker left the club to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. Koeman for his part admitted that when one loses the best player in the world, then such things tend to happen.

“I don’t like to always talk about it, but we are talking about the best player in the world. The opposition is more afraid when Messi is there. If you give Leo a pass, he usually doesn’t lose the ball. You can tell he is not here. We know that but it can’t be changed," he said post the game.

Despite the draw on the night, Barcelona are currently placed on top of the LaLiga table with four points from two games - though their rivals, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are yet to play their second game of the season.