Koeman: We’re too reliant on Messi

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman says Laliga giants are too reliant on the Argentine International Lionel Messi.

Messi who scored two goals on Wednesday when Barca defeated Elche 3 nil in their Laliga match.

Ronald Koeman wants others to step up and lift some of the goalscoring burden off their legend Lionel Messi.

Barcelona welcome back defender Ronald Araujo for the trip to Andalusia. However, they will be without Miralem Pjanic, Philippe Coutinho, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati for the tie as Barca look to close the gap on leaders Atletico Madrid.

Messi has scored 18 Laliga goals so far this season an Antoine Griezmann is the next highest scorer on six, and once again scored the opening two goals in Wednesday’s league victory over Elche.

Koeman told a news conference on Friday: “The older lads can’t do it all themselves. Messi’s scored 18 times, which is the same number as the other forwards combined,”

“I don’t think it’s the most important week of the season. This weekend all the top sides play each other. Everyone’s under pressure, there’s no more pressure on Barcelona than there is with everyone else.

“If you’re the Barcelona boss, there’s pressure on you for every game,” added Koeman, before his news conference was cut short due to a nosebleed.

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