by Tim Stannard
Suarez reveals what it would take for Messi to stay at Barcelona as Koeman looks back at tough calls made at the Camp Nou
The last month looks like it has taken its psychological toll on everyone involved in the recent bout of Barcelona-Dramarama, as the current international break has turned into a therapy session on media's elongated couch of comfort.
Luis Suarez, while on international duty with Uruguay, has been the most vocal, suggesting that he isn't ready to make nice about his departure from the Camp Nou, but tellingly the Uruguayan has revealed that Leo Messi might be.
Talking to ESPN, Suarez revealed that there is a good chance that Messi will see out his career with Barcelona as long as the current leadership team lead by Josep Bartomeu is gone.
Ronald Koeman has used the timeout to give some background over his six weeks in charge and has spoken about the mission he was given by his new bosses to put Luis Suarez out to pasture. "I'm good with Luis," said the Dutch coach, "but the club felt that we had to rejuvenate. You can see that now on the team."
Koeman also spoke about playing the pipes of peace with Leo Messi, revealing that he traveled to the Argentinean's house for a heart-to-heart with the player. "He was clear about his dissatisfaction," recalled Koeman, "in the end, it worked out well and from the moment he indicated [that he is staying], he has done everything I expect from him."
Barcelona returns to beIN SPORTS on Saturday in a clash against a feisty Getafe that is live, live, live at 3PM ET. That clash ends a super Saturday that sees Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona back to back to back to back.
LaLiga's future fears and an EPL rebellion
The weekend has also seen soccer's grownups trying to deal with the devastating financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, with Europe currently going through a second wave of the pandemic.
LaLiga's chief Javier Tebas has warned of the dangers of another shutdown, as Spain goes through the process of regional lockdowns to deal with the resurgence. "We would be very sorry if the league had to be stopped again, admitted Tebas, "if it does, we could see ourselves moving from a health crisis into an economic one, which is very dangerous."
England's Premier League is facing an internal rebellion from two major clubs as the country's game tries to deal with the economic impacts. Liverpool and Manchester United has released a series of proposals under the banner of 'Project Big Picture' which would see the league reduced from 20 teams to 18 and 25% of all future television revenues given to the football pyramid beneath the EPL.
The Premier League has responded with a statement suggesting that "individual proposals" in the plan "could have a damaging impact on the whole game."
LeBron demands respect after NBA playoff win
The victory sees the Lakers tying with the Boston Celtics with 17 NBA Championships, and LeBron was looking to settle some scores with those who had dared to suggest that he was done and dusted as a player. "Our organization wants their respect. Laker Nation wants their respect. And I want my damn respect, too," boomed LeBron.
"We miss him, and this is definitely for him."