BARCELONA – Ronald Koeman, Barcelona coach, was clear and direct in his speech when referring to this Sunday’s game against Osasuna. “We need the three points. Due to our trajectory in the League we need to win,” revealed the Dutch coach, who confirmed that if there is a moment to react “it is now. We have seven games until the end of the year, five of them at home, and it’s time to close the gap. “
After their absence in Kiev, Messi and De Jong, said the Barça coach, will return to the team, highlighting that both “have had a good rest because they had played almost everything, both at Barça and in their national team, and for we decided to leave them at home. Hopefully tomorrow, with freshness, they can offer the best of them because we need them “, admitting that Sergiño Dest’s presence is very much in the air.
“He noticed some discomfort but today he trained better … He is on the list and we will see tomorrow if he is fit to play,” said Koeman, noting that in case of not being able to count on the full-back, he has an idea of his change. ” We know who can play in that position but it is something that we will decide tomorrow if Dest cannot be ”, he advanced, confirming that Mingueza“ has a lot of chances to be in the team ”.
The doubt of Dest joins the problems, “bad luck” said the coach, who have hit the squad in the form of injuries during this start of the season. “We have out Piqué, Ansu, also Sergi Roberto … We have had bad luck with the issue of injuries and hopefully from now on we will not have more problems of this type. The issue of Covid influences injuries, we need more players and you also have to have more luck ”.
“The Kiev match is the best a coach can see because the team’s performance against the Dynamo was very good,” Koeman summed up to show his satisfaction with the “rhythm” of the players, acknowledging not knowing “why” the results They are so different between the League and the Champions League.
“It is not easy to explain why. Sometimes you get games in which you dominate more, but in the League it has cost us with teams that play more closed in defense and in the Champions League somewhat more open. At the end of the season we will be able to decide what to do for us I think that in the League we did not deserve to lose so many points and in the Champions League, winning Juve gave us confidence and made us come out relaxed in the other games, “he said.
Asked about the corner goal scored in Kiev and the importance of set pieces, Koeman stressed that “we always pay a lot of attention to set pieces, both in defense and in attack. But we don’t have very tall players and it is difficult to score because the opponent is better than us from above. In corners we try more to play short to surprise the opponent, who is usually taller than us, “he recalled.
“I do not want to put notes on myself of these 100 days. It is true that I have had 100 days calmer in other clubs, but I know that I have come to Barça at a difficult time,” he agreed when referring to his first 100 days as coach of Barça who met Koeman on Friday, who left “that note for you (journalists). I put my energy in the team, in the young people who can get ahead and focus on this calendar, “he said.
The Barça coach did not want to talk about the January market but he did warn that the club’s situation “is difficult” and acknowledged having “spoken with Tusquets for the love of the club and what we are experiencing. If I can help Barcelona I am willing ( in reference to his salary cut) And it is also good news that the players have lowered their salary because it is time to see what is best for the club. “
Regarding the possibility of speaking with the candidates of the January market, as the president of the management committee suggested, Koeman was not very explicit: “We will speak if it is decided like this and if they ask me about the staff we will tell them our thoughts to move it forward” , summarized.