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Messi: "Rijkaard gave us more freedom"

Lionel Messi is full of praise for the coaches he experienced so far in his early but impressive career. The Barcelona striker refuses to say that the Catalans have improved their play since Josep Guardiola succeeded Frank Rijkaard. "I don't like these kind of comparisons."

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GJ232178d ago

I did prefer the way they played under Rijkaard. But they seem more consistent under guardiola

kulka2178d ago

Guardiola got them to play the ball better Xavi and Iniesta were not the same under Rijkard plus their defending was even worse back then

Messishow2178d ago

two good managers. I think Rijkard is a really good coach. Maybe we will see him in England again.

kulka2178d ago

rumours link him to Liverpool maybe a great manager for us

no_more_heroes2178d ago

It's basically still Rijkard's team, but I don't really see that as an excuse for Guardiola's success. Rijkard never won literally every trophy for every competition Barca could legally enter in one season when he was in charge, so if it is Rijkard's team, then Guardiola knows how to use Rijkard's team better than Rijkard himself. Plus, Rijkard never won 6-2 away to Real (tongue-in-cheek).

I am not, in any way, bashing Rijkard. Far from it. I just debated recently with some of my friends who say that this isn't Guardiola's team. Just making the point that he has made it his team.

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