“We cannot play with 10 players in the number 10 position”
These comments were obviously perceived as a demand since Ronald Koeman cracked a cold response at a press conference. The Dutch technician does not hide his annoyance. “We all have the right to speak. We know these things can happen. I spoke with Antoine yesterday (Thursday), but not because he spoke. We spoke about his position and his performances. I told him I was looking for the best for the team and yes I think his best position is on the right wing with more freedom. In the end, I decide for the good of the team“.
Koeman even toughened his voice by closing the debate. “I don’t want to keep talking about individuals. I have no problem with Antoine. The coach is in charge and the player has to make the most of it. We play 11, someone has to play 10, one another in 9 … We cannot play with 10 players in the number 10 position … “. The message got through.