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‘Maybe Messi’s performances could be better’: Ronald Koeman admits Barcelona’s talisman is struggling for form after going three games without a goal… but Dutch manager says he has ‘no doubts’ wantaway superstar will improve

  • Lionel Messi has scored once in Barcelona’s first four LaLiga games this season 
  • The Argentine’s future dominated the summer as he tried to force a move away
  • After reluctantly deciding to see-out his contract, Messi’s form has dipped 
  • Koeman recognised the icon’s slump but is confident he’ll turn things around  

An off-form Lionel Messi is a rare sight but that’s what Barcelona are faced with, as Ronald Koeman insists the Argentine will be back at his mesmerising best soon. 

The Argentine has scored just once in the Catalans’ first four LaLiga matches for far, with Koeman suffering a shock first defeat since rejoining the Nou Camp side on Saturday, falling 1-0 to Getafe. 

Messi’s efforts to separate from Barca dominated the summer gossip but since reluctantly deciding to stay the forward hasn’t been quite himself. 

Lionel Messi has had a slow start to the LaLiga season, going three games without a goal

Lionel Messi has had a slow start to the LaLiga season, going three games without a goal 

The forward was unable to save Barcelona on Saturday as they fell 1-0 to Getafe in LaLiga

The forward was unable to save Barcelona on Saturday as they fell 1-0 to Getafe in LaLiga

Barca boss Ronald Koeman is confident the star will be back to his world beating best soon

Barca boss Ronald Koeman is confident the star will be back to his world beating best soon 

‘Maybe, at the moment, Messi’s performances could be better,’ Koeman said. 

‘But he is happy, he is working hard and he wants to be the captain. I don’t have a single complaint. 

‘He has also had some bad luck. He hit the post (in a 1-0 loss to Getafe on Saturday) and on another day that goes in.

‘I don’t have any doubts about his performances and we’re going to see him (at his best) in the upcoming games, I’m sure.’

Messi is desperate for a fifth Champions League and his European campaign starts on Tuesday

Messi is desperate for a fifth Champions League and his European campaign starts on Tuesday

Messi could be thinking ahead to next summer when his contract expires, with Manchester City having been the closest-linked with a swoop for the want-away icon. 

However, he’ll want to leave Barcelona – where he’s spent his entire career – on a high, and nothing would be better than that long-awaited fifth Champions League. 

Koeman’s men kick-off their European campaign on Tuesday against Hungarian champions Ferencvaros in Group G, where the’ll also face Dynamo Kyiv and huge clashes with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus. 

Barca then host eternal rivals Real Madrid on Saturday, with the Spanish champions already three points ahead in LaLiga. 

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