Ronald Koeman: Ansu Fati can’t be expected to replace Lionel Messi

Speaking at his post-match press conference after Barcelona beat Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League on Wednesday, Ronald Koeman discussed Ansu Fati after the teenager signed a new long-term deal with the club.

The Barça forward committed his future to the La Liga outfit until 2027 on Wednesday with a €1billion release clause and Koeman is not expecting miracles from Fati.

“Ansu’s chance today shows that he still needs to improve.

“That is entirely normal. He only turns 19 at the end of the month. He cannot be expected to solve all our problems, or what Lionel Messi left behind. It’s impossible.

“You have to help each other go step by step. We cannot expect miracles, especially when he has been out injured for a long time and is still only 18.”

Barcelona’s 1-0 victory in Group E was their first in the Champions League in six attempts since December 2020.

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