Forced to handle yet another difficult situation regarding Lionel Messi, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman demanded more “respect” for his disgruntled star.

Koeman said he understood why Messi was visibly angry when journalists asked him about the criticism directed at him by a former agent of team-mate Antoine Griezmann when Messi arrived in Spain on Wednesday after a long flight.

“I need to defend Leo because if something happened to me after a trip of 15 hours in a plane back to Barcelona — you go outside and there is a lot of press asking that type of question — I would be dangerous and hate them as well,” Koeman said on Friday.

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“We have to respect people like Messi more. And from what I have seen on the field and in training, there is no problem between [Messi and Griezmann].”

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