Frenkie de Jong insists that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world and that his teammates must adopt to Messi’s game.
Ronald Koeman’s 4-2-3-1 formation seems hard forLionel Messi
to adapt to as the six-time- Ballon d’or winner has failed to score (except penalties) in six matches this season. WithAnsu Fati
being the most influential player onCatalans
' goals, Messi has provided only one chance for his teammates in LaLiga. ButFrenkie de Jong
who joined the team from Ajax last season, still believes that it’s down to his teammates to adapt themselves to the Argentinian’s game in order to activate Messi’s magic.
"When you have Messi in your team, of course you have the best player in the world in your team," he told UEFA's official website.
"You try to get him into the best positions to make a difference and I think we need to adapt to him.
"When he is receiving the ball in a position where he can make the difference, he will make it for you, always."
The 23-year-old midfielder has been shifted to his favorite position by the team’s new coach to play alongside Busquets. De Jong has managed to achieve a more successful dribble rate (2.45) compared to his last season’s record of 1.95.
"I think in my nature as a player, I want to receive the ball early in the play and to set up the play," he said.
"I think that's more my style of play than waiting for the ball and receiving it up front, and touching the ball less.
"I think I feel more comfortable in the pivot position than high up front, but I can also play high up front.
"It doesn't matter for me so much but, if I had to choose, I would rather play as a double pivot than, for example, as a 'mediapunta' (false nine)."
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