Koeman: Messi needs more help from fellow attackers

Koeman: Messi needs more help from fellow attackers

Ronald Koeman has said Lionel Messi needs more help from his teammates as Barcelona fight to stay in the LaLiga title race.

Messi, 33, has scored 18 times in the league this season, which equates to around 34% of Barca's goals in the Spanish top flight. Antoine Griezmann, with six, is Barca's second top scorer, while Ansu Fati, injured since November, is third with four goals.

"It's not just up to the senior players to step forward," Koeman said in a news conference on Friday having previously called on the veterans to take more responsibility.

"To give an example, Leo has scored 18 goals. The rest of the attackers, together, have more or less the same amount. He also needs help.

"The responsibility has to be shared around. Yes, the older players must help the younger players in the squad, but in general, it's up to the whole team to step forward."

Barca travel to Sevilla on Saturday with the chance to temporarily move within two points of leaders Atletico Madrid, although they will have played two more games, and level with Real Madrid.

Sevilla, meanwhile, can leapfrog Barca into third with a win and will still have a game in hand on Koeman's side.

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