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Koeman talks about new roles for Messi, Coutinho, Griezmann in the Barcelona team

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Barcelona’s new coach, Ronald Koeman, seems ready to hand over new roles to Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann in his tactical setup.

Both Messi and Coutinho will remain at Camp Nou, after looking ready to leave this summer.

The two players lined up together in Koeman’s starting eleven against Girona in a friendly on Wednesday, alongside Griezmann.

Messi was restored to a ‘false nine’ role, a position he played regularly with Pep Guardiola.

Luis Suarez’s presentation saw him move, but he was back in central role falling deep.

Messi also created Coutinho’s first goal with a great pass. It came with the Brazilian playing on the left flank, having been generally used by the center or the right in the past.

Griezmann fell back into a deeper midfield position amid a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Speaking of his team after the match, which won 3-1, Koeman explained: “I always try to put the best attack possible.

“We have several players who can play in different positions and that is a very good option.

“Coutinho can play on the left wing and fall through the center.

“Griezmann can play on the wings, in the midfielder and up front, and Messi can start from the right, play further back or forward in attack. There are many options “.

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