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Barcelona players unhappy with Ronald Koeman over public criticism

Barcelona are less feared without Lionel Messi, Ronald Koeman has admitted, with the Blaugrana manager stating that rivals were "more scared" when the Argentine was at the heart of their side.

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is losing the support of the dressing room.

AS says Koeman’s criticism of the players in public, along with some aspects in training, have left the players unimpressed.

Barca players are baffled by Koeman’s refusal to prepare for opposition teams in terms of playing style and tactics.

However, it is the coach’s public criticism that has frustrated players most.

Koeman hammering Nico Gonzalez after defeat at Atletico Madrid has not gone down well. Indeed, the senior leadership group have already had one player speak to Nico after the coach’s comments in order to assure him.

Koeman said last week that winning the Champions League would be “a miracle” for Barcelona and was not so optimistic about their chances in LaLiga also. Comments which have left his squad unimpressed.

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