Being quite limited in certain positions is something that worries Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, who acknowledged not having the ideal team
The Barcelona coach, Ronald KoemanHe explained that he doubts whether he has his “ideal team” because – he said – “in some positions we are quite limited and it depends on the situation of the club.”
Koeman He added that “with Ramon Planes (the sports director) we always talk about the future, which players we can sign and where we need more, but knowing the moment the club is going through financially, you can’t ask for much.”
Thus, the Dutch coach insisted on the interviews he gave today Wednesday to ‘Sport’, ‘Mundo Deportivo’ and ‘L’Esportiu’ that the reinforcements he needs are “a forward and a central”.
Precisely, the name that sounds the most to occupy the position of forward is that of his compatriot Memphis Depay, current Olympique de Lyon player: “It is true that his name has come out and he has played all the games of our Dutch team of ‘nine’ Everyone can have their opinion, but it is not here and we will see what can happen in the future. “
For the central position, the best positioned candidate is the Manchester City player Eric García, who was about to reach Barça in the summer market. On the possibilities of landing in the winter Koeman replied that he does not know because “it depends on the City.”
But Koeman He clarified that in general he is happy at Barça. “First, I feel very comfortable, well, with the work we are doing. Also, we are changing things in the team, like trying to play with more intensity. There are many things in which we are on the right track.”
On the other hand, he disliked “the last games, in which we have lost quite a few points in LaLiga. We are at the beginning. We have to improve in many aspects and continue the way we are doing.”
Koeman considered that in these results “the arbitration decisions have influenced”. Although he is “in favor of the VAR, especially in matters of clear plays, in which there is no discussion, such as offside. I am not so in favor of intervention if there is a clash or a grab”.
For the Barcelona coach, the key for the team to work “is to increase the rhythm of the ball, there are few teams that can stop us, but if we lower it, we also decrease the intensity and we become a defensively weak team.”
On the other hand, he explained that “everyone has to take responsibility for finishing the play and not always looking for another player to do it. Inside and near the area you must look for a goal. Barça has always played looking for short passes or spaces inside, and you also have to look for the bands “.
Even so, he thought that the Barça club “aspires to everything” because “we are at Barça to win, not to play not to lose.”
And he pointed out: “To win the Champions League we have to improve. Today, teams like Bayern Munich may be ahead; as a team, as a block, because they have been playing together for longer … we are going to have it very difficult, It’s true. But there is a future. “
Regarding his relationship with Leo Messi after the Argentine player wanted to leave the club this summer, Koeman revealed that he spoke “with him on the first day with all frankness and I have never doubted him. I see him train every day and enjoy playing. I said the first day that he is the best player in the world and of course I prefer to have the best player in the world on my team “.
And about Antoine Griezmann and the missed chances, he considered that “he needs a little more confidence and scoring goals always gives that confidence. You can’t say that he doesn’t work, he works a lot, but it may be that he feels a little more free when he’s with his selection by spending a lot of time with them and always playing in the same position “.
Koeman also referred to the situation of young people like Riqui Puig, Carles Aleñà and Junior Firpo, who have had practically no minutes at the start of the season: “Young people have to play, it is not good for them not to have minutes. We need a squad wide to be able to make changes. I give them advice, but in the end each player decides. “
In this sense, he considered that “January will be the time to evaluate their situation.”