Dutchman Ronald Koeman, current Barcelona coach, responded on Tuesday (3) to criticism from his predecessor in office, Quique Setién, about Argentine star Lionel Messi. The Spanish coach, dismissed in August after the vexing elimination in the quarterfinals of the European Champions League with a defeat of 8 goals, said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País the day before that Messi was not an easy player to deal with.

At the news conference for the home game against Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday, for continental competition, Koeman revealed that he does not share the opinion of Setién. “I respect all opinions. For me, Leo is the best player in the world, very good. Every day I see his ambition and his winning character. I have no difficulty in leading him”, he said.

The Dutchman explained that he talks to Messi always, throughout the week, without any problem. “He’s the captain and I talk to him every week about things from the game and the locker room to have a good relationship. I don’t agree with Setién, I see things differently”, he concluded.