‘Don’t give me excuses’: Simeone gives brilliant answer when asked if Messi-less Barca have a weak squad

“Barcelona don’t have Leo Messi? Look at their team. Sergi Roberto, Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba, Alejandro Balde who is 17 years old,” Diego Simeone has told Diario Ole.

“Pedri, Gavi — did you see him against Italy? Ousmane Dembele, Sergio Aguero, Ansu Fati, Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay, Philippe Coutinho … You lost Messi? We never had Messi. Nah, don’t give me excuses.

“Samuel Umtiti is a good player who’s going through a rough patch you could say. It’s the same for Lenglet. He’s an incredibly important centre-back. Look at how good he was before, important in multiple league titles. Come on, man.”

It is definitely surprising to read such comments from a rival coach when Ronald Koeman has complained several times about the strength of his squad.

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