Getafe fullback Marc Cucurella open to Barcelona return: Will Messi be there?

Ross Houston
October 17, 2020

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said that he will continue to play Antoine Griezmann in the best possible role for the team rather than the one the forward prefers.

During the global break, France boss Didier Deschamps revealed that Griezmann was unhappy with the role he was being asked to play at Camp Nou, which sees him deployed in a wider area than he favours.

The 29-year-old has registered just one shot on target for the club this season and is yet to create a single chance for a team-mate.

After a whirlwind summer which culminated in Lionel Messi pushing for the exit doors and Koeman returning to his former club in less than ideal circumstances, the Dutchman has done well to somewhat steady the ship.Three unbeaten games thus far makes for positive reading, with a 1-1 draw against Sevilla last time out the only blemish on an otherwise faultless start for Koeman in the Camp Nou hotseat.Barca now sit fifth in the table with Getafe just two places below them but level on points.

"Everyone has the right to say whatever he wants", Koeman said. I spoke to him yesterday, but not because of what he said. We talked about his position and performance.

'I have spoken with Antoine and I told him that I'm looking out for what is best for the team. He could also play as a No 10 or a No 9. He's doing the best he can do: working, being disciplined. There were four or five attacks in which he had to do better. In fact, when I was the Netherlands boss, in a game against France, he played on the right against us - which is the same at Barcelona. No further discussion is needed on this topic. But the coach is in charge and the player has to give his all.

'I have no problem with Antoine. Barcelona seeks to win and three points in the fourth matches of the Catalan giants in the local competition, after a draw in the last round against Seville without goals While Getafe seeks to achieve a positive result against Barcelona in order to achieve an advanced position in the Spanish League Championship, and to move away early from the bottom of the La Liga table. "My job is to bring out the best performance of each player but I can only pick 11". They are already three points behind defending champions Real Madrid and need to beat Getafe to cut-down the point gap.

The La Liga 2020-21 Getafe vs Barcelona fixture will be played at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.

"It always depends on the player".

"I hope Marc can be with us soon, but it probably won't be next week".

"We want to pick our best team in every game so we can win and although people are exhausted after their global games, everyone has returned feeling happy and motivated".

"He is a player who if he does not play is more exhausted".

Barcelona will aim to return to winning ways when they play Getafe in La Liga 2020-21 on October 18 (Sunday).

"He has been playing a very tight schedule for many years".

The hosts have no injury concerns ahead of the game night.

Koeman, though, has doubled down on his choice and has told the former Atletico Madrid star that he must find his best level.

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