Ronald Koeman: “I’m happy with the squad we have”


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Ronald Koeman: "I'm happy with the squad we have"

Barcelona (EFE) – After almost two months as the new coach of the Barcelona, the dutch coach Ronald Koeman, makes an X-ray of how the team has been and reviews some proper names, in an interview with the club’s media.

1. The first steps of the new Barça:

“In general, I have seen the team very well, especially against Villarreal and Celta. But if we look at the Sevilla game, we can improve in pressing the opposite. There are details that can be corrected”

“In training, we ask for maximum concentration and intensity to automatically reflect it in the game. That is why the training sessions are more intense, because you train as you play.”

“The defense always starts with the forwards. If they make a good pressure, the defenders don’t have so many problems. The defense issue is in the whole team and it can be one of the reasons for the improvement in defense.”

“With this squad and with these types of players, playing 4-2-3-1 is the best system. Seeing the quality there is, this system is perfect for this team.”

2. The calendar after the national team break:

“The national team matches this October will give us time to analyze our rivals and prepare for the games to come: Getafe, then Champions, Madrid … We will have a very tight schedule until the next break in November” .

“The season is very long and we cannot say that it will be a decisive month. Because there are many games and you can lose to anyone. We have to concentrate day by day and game by game; it is the best way to win things.”

“The objective is to win all the games and it will not be easy. Getafe comes first, a complicated team, it will not be an easy game.”

3. The new edition of the Champions League:

“It is a very important championship. Theoretically we are the best in the group, but we have to prove it. We started at home against Ferencváros, it is an important game where we have to prepare and analyze the opposite.”

“Juventus is showing every year that it has a strong team, with experienced people and a great player like Cristiano. We have Pjanic, who can give us a little more information about his former team.”

4. The signings:

“I am happy with the squad we have. We have tried to improve it and in some things we have succeeded and in others not, but it is also part of the club’s financial situation. We have to accept it and work.”

“Pedri and Trincao have been working from day one, getting a good performance. Pedri is only 17 years old and I love how he is working, training and playing. Trincao is also adapting quickly to our ideas and, in addition, he is a very player. young man with a great future ahead “.

“Pjanic has arrived later and little by little he will pick up the physical tone. He has a lot of quality as a player.”

“I saw Dest very comfortable the 20 minutes he had against Sevilla.”

“Araujo has a great future. He is a physically strong player and quite fast. He is a boy who wants to learn. He is always open to learning new things. He has things to improve, it is normal at his age.”

“Riqui has decided to stay and is one of the squad. If he performs, he will have opportunities to play.”

5. The emergence of Ansu Fati:

“His performance is the maximum. We are talking about a player who is only 17 years old. And if he has played three games in a row at that age at a high level of football, it means that he is very good. He is also a boy who wants to learn; he trains to learn and improve, and we are here to help him. “


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