Barcelona boss Koeman: “Messi’s performances could be better”

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has admitted that star forward Lionel Messi is right now not performing at his best.

The Argentine superstar has scored just one goal in four appearances for the Blaugrana this campaign and was below par in the weekend defeat at Getafe.

Indeed, the 33-year-old’s only goal of the campaign was a penalty against Villarreal and he has scored just seven goals in 19 appearances since football resumed in Spain in June – four of which were penalties.

It is undoubtedly a concern for a player who has averaged close to a goal per game for much of the past decade.

Barcelona are now entering a crucial run of games including their Champions League meeting against Ferencvaros this week before next weekend’s El Clasico against Real Madrid in La Liga.