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Barca Coach Responds Lazy Messi Claims

FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has fired back at claims that Lionel Messi was not working hard enough this week.

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Following Wednesday's victory over Dynamo Kiev in the UEFA Champions League, a clip went viral of Messi failing to press the opposition.

The Argentine has since received wide-spread criticism from the images that emerged this week.

However, the Catalan giants manager has hit back at those claims and feels it's a non-issue.

"I didn't seem him [walking] and I'm not interested in this because I don't see him walking," Koeman said, as per Goal.

"If you want to start a controversy around this point, it's your problem.

"Messi is mentally good, enjoying this sport. He's a winner and sometimes you go through moments when the ball doesn't go in, but he looks really focused on that subject.

"I think Messi still has so many qualities. He's very important in our game. He scored the penalty and we're used to him making the difference here, and he's still a very decisive player.

"You said [the footage was from] the 93rd minute - there are pictures of anyone, of me when I'm sitting down, or annoyed. It seems we should be more aware of our image than our work. I don't agree with that.

"I think these players, like those of my era, have the same effort as us. They work in training, they want to win and it annoys them when they don't win. If it were not like this, it'd be because my work isn't working."

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