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I have no doubts about Messi, says Koeman

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said he has no concerns about Lionel Messi ahead of their first La Liga game of the season on Sunday after the Argentinian took another swipe at the club over the departure of Luis Suarez .
Koeman was also keen to point out it was not solely his decision to let Suarez join Atletico Madrid , with the Dutchman insisting he is not the “ bad guy in the movie ” .
Messi criticized how Suarez was pushed out as Barca try to reduce their wage bill , saying “ you deserved a goodbye for what you are ” before adding : “ But at this point, nothing surprises me anymore ” .
Barcelona plays Villarreal on Sunday at Camp Nou and Messi is expected to start , having reintegrated with the squad since claiming he was denied a transfer this summer.
Koeman said in a press conference on Saturday he was not worried about Messi , despite his captain ’s latest show of frustration .
“ It is normal for a player to be a bit sad when a friend of theirs leaves after the years that they have had together , it is part of football, ” said Koeman .
“ But the most important thing for me is how he has been. In training and in games , I think Leo has been an example for everyone , in his commitment to the club and to the team. I have no doubts about Leo in this regard . ”
Suarez scored 198 goals for Barcelona to become their third – highest goalscorer in history but the 33- year – old was deemed expendable after the team ’s disastrous end to last season .
Koeman was reported to have held a direct and short telephone conversation with Suarez about his future but Barca’ s new coach claims the decision was not only his.
“ At first it was like I was the bad guy in the movie ,” said Koeman . “ It ’s not like that because from the first day or after my call with Luis I showed respect for the player and the person he is.
“ He trained to the maximum from the first day and I always told him it could be difficult for him to play but if he stayed he would be one of the squad and could work like the others.
“ That ’s what I told the club too but these are decisions made by the club . Before signing the contract the club was thinking about changing things and I have tried to support those decisions.
“ But it was not only my decision as a manager, but they are also decisions of the club as well .”
Suarez follows Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo , and Arturo Vidal is leaving Barcelona this summer but the club have struggled to afford replacements.
“ The economic situation of the club is very complicated and it could be that they can ’ t bring in what I want , ” said Koeman . “ I knew that and I accept it and if I stay with these players, I will work very hard to improve them. ”

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Ajax Beats VVV – Venlo 13 – 0, Lassina Traore Scores Five

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Dutch giants Ajax recorded the biggest victory in Eredivisie history with a 13-0 thrashing at mid-table side VVV-Venlo, who had a player sent off.
Ajax, who lost 1-0 to Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday, surpassed their previous record – a 12-1 win over Vitesse in 1972.
Teenager Lassina Traore scored five, while Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, 20, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 37, scored twice.
Dusan Tadic, Antony, Daley Blind and Lisandro Martinez scored the rest.
Defender Christian Kum, 35, was sent off for VVV-Venlo in the second half with the team already trailing 4-0.
Burkina Faso international Traore, 19, scored the most goals in a Dutch top-flight match since September 2019, when Donyell Malen netted the same amount for PSV Eindhoven against Vitesse.
He also became the first Ajax player to record five goals in an Eredivisie match since Marco van Basten in 1985 (six) and the first from the club to record three assists in a league match since Frenkie de Jong in 2017.
Traore was two goals short of the Eredivisie record set by former Middlesbrough striker Afonso Alves, who scored seven for Heerenveen against Heracles in October 2007.
In terms of biggest winning margins, Ajax’s victory on Saturday was not only the largest in Eredivisie history, but joint-second in the club’s history in all competitions.
Ajax’s biggest win was back in 1984 when they hammered Differdange 14-0 in the Europa League (previously the Uefa Cup).
It was the first time in a decade that any team were able to score at least 10 goals in a single Eredivisie game since PSV recorded a 10-0 win over Feyenoord.
On a day to forget for VVV-Venlo, it was the biggest defeat in the club’s history, surpassing the previous record which was a 10-1 loss to FC Eindhoven in the Eerste Divisie in 1964.
In the Eredivisie, their previous heaviest defeats were by seven-goal margins to Ajax, Heracles Almelo and AZ Alkmaar.

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Eintracht Frankfurt Troll Barcelona Despite Defeat To Bayern Munich

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images 2020 10 25T120317.857 Eintracht Frankfurt Troll Barcelona Despite Defeat To Bayern Munich

The Bundesliga outfit suffered a heavy defeat to European and German champions Bayern Munich but still found a way to troll Barcelona.
German teams are on another level of cruise
The club wrote on their official Twitter account
⏹ FINAL — We fall to the Champions of Europe by less goals than @FCBarcelona did.

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Valverde completed a perfect 24-pass move with a goal

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images 2020 10 24T191132.157 Valverde completed a perfect 24-pass move with a goal

In the sixth minute of play, Real Madrid kept possession wonderfully well, showing a great deal of patience in their pursuit of an opening goal and it was their best move of the season.

Karim Benzema laid on an inch-perfect pass to the onrushing South American, who would then place a fine side-footed shot past Neto in the Barcelona goal. The move itself passed through all areas of the pitch, but it was Toni Kroos who unlocked the defence as Sergio Ramos dealt with forward pressure from Lionel Messi.

Ramos laid the ball to Nacho, who fired the ball to Benzema who then made the decisive assist, with the French forward showing remarkable vision to see Valverde’s run.

With this goal, the Uruguayan is now Los Blancos’ second highest scorer this term with two goals, and is already showing a greater aptitude for getting forward and contributing than he did in his debut campaign.

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