BARCELONA – Ronald Koeman did not beat around the bush in the press conference prior to this Sunday’s game against Sevilla and openly confirmed that he is still confident that Barcelona can sign Eric Garcia before Monday night. which he referred to in the first person, and Memphis Depay, of whom he did not speak directly, but as a necessary ‘9’ for the team.
Clear and direct in his speech, the Dutch coach said that he has Ousmane Dembélé as long as the French striker does not openly tell him that he wants to leave, praised Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi, again mentioned Ansu Fati as indisputable, “for now”, and he joked with the memory of the Dream Team, cloning himself in the first person if he could for today.
Of the Seville warned without dissimulation, referring to which it will be a party “very difficult” to give credit to the great work of his players in this beginning of season.
These were the most prominent phrases of Koeman in the press conference:
Sevilla and the season
“It is a strong team that aspires to win titles, with a great coach and very well worked. It will be a difficult game but if we are like in the first two games we have a lot going for it. We are confident in ourselves knowing that each game is different and understanding that it will be a great fight. “
“We have only been working for five weeks and the system is somewhat different than before. We need time but we are working well. The other day against Celta Vigo, it was remarkable, with one less the team played the second half with great enthusiasm and I love that. What we want is to do our best to win the game and it was very good. “
“Things can always be improved, but in general I am very happy because the work that the players do every day, their attitude is very good. They are waiting every day to improve in the change of system. I hope we continue like this.”
“I like to start the season strong. We had two high quality rivals, we suffered the other day and that is why we must highlight the team’s work to play with one less. Tomorrow is a good game because to win the game we have to be well. against Sevilla. It is better to face strong teams to know where we are. “
“I don’t want to criticize what happened last year. If I talk about this season it does not mean that it is a criticism of what has happened before. I do my job, with intensity in training because I think you train how you play. It’s complicated by the calendar, but I go out onto the pitch to do things, not to rest. My job is to prepare the players so that they always know what to do, in addition to individual qualities, play as a team, press, know how we want to play. We have improved the physical appearance and the change is noticeable. “
“The issue of transfers is until Monday … There are a few days left and it is true we want this player (Eric García) here, because we are right in the position, but I cannot say more because I have seen Pep’s comments since Manchester City … I hope we get it but the club’s financial issue is complicated. There is interest, but I don’t know if it can be done. “
“There are two positions in the team that we could use to reinforce, which is the center-back and the ‘9’. We have people at the top but we are going to play a lot of games and it is good to have changes of players.”
“I don’t know if we will be able to summon Dest because we are trying to get the license. We will wait for the training tomorrow, but hopefully he can be there. He is a very good player, he is young, and he gives competition on the right and left of our sides, Defensively, but especially offensively, he has a lot of quality and it is the image that we want to change things, to have young people, with a future at the club. At his age he has already played many high-level matches “.
“If he can play, it will be because he does not need to wait. He is starting, but this is a competition, it is future, but that it is future does not mean that he cannot play today, he has a lot of experience already, he has played at Ajax Amsterdam, in the Champions … if he has to play tomorrow, I won’t be worried about putting him on “.
“I cannot say much about this issue. I always try to get the most out of the team and if there are changes it is for something. Pedri has entered both games because of his work in training. The other day Trincao and Pedri entered because they deserved it. and Dembélé is a player with more depth and we needed a more defensive profile “.
“It all depends on his personal thought. I have not spoken with him and we will see in these two days. We have a lot of competition and quality at the top, in his position are Ansu, Konrad, Trincao, Atoine Griezmann … that’s why Ansu has played both games that are ahead of Dembélé. The only thing I try to answer is that if a player is unhappy, talk to me. They may be pissed off for not playing and that’s why I’m happy. If he doesn’t tell me anything, I’ll count on him and he’s going to have options to play “.
“It’s easy: he is a very good player, he has learned a lot in England, he has learned a lot at Bayern Munich and my role as a coach is to get the best performance out of everyone and that happens by putting him in his place. And then he gains confidence, but everything goes through quality and Coutinho is clear that he is a great player “.
Messi “I don’t have a single complaint about him. From the first day he has trained very well and played well. He has done his best for the club and for his teammates and I have no complaints from him. The other day against Celta he helped the team. playing from behind, there is no discussion about his quality because for me he has always been the best in the world and now that I can see him in training, he is involved in the subject and is an example as captain for the team “.
The Dream Team
“I would clone myself … Well, no, that is a criticism of the center-backs. You cannot compare the present with the Dream Team although in our time we had a very good team but we also lost games with young children. Today everything It’s very different from 20 or 30 years ago with the whole issue of social networks. Today this team is very good, they want to play, they want to learn and that is very important. “
The Champions League draw “As I said, we can be happy but not confident. In principle, Juventus and we are the strongest, but we have to play. We are going to have a very tight schedule and we have to be prepared. It is important to start winning against Ferencvaros at home “.