BARCELONA – Once the euphoria of Bilbao is overcome, added three consecutive victories away from the Camp Nou, Barcelona once again face a non-negotiable match in Granada this Saturday and Ronald Koeman reduced, in a certain way, the euphoria contemplated around the team, warning that more than thinking in the nearby Super Cup, in the current situation of the League “the best thing is to go game by game … Our situation in La Liga forces us to do our best to win. Now we have to prepare well for this match in Granada because we are not in situation to think about the Super Cup “.
“We cannot trust the result of the other day in Bilbao. We know that if we are not at our level, any opponent can complicate us. You have to be humble and do things well, with and without the ball, and show personality on the field” he stressed the Dutch coach, who brought out a new optimism after recent triumphs.
“We had a strong week with three away games and before we had lost a lot of points. We have to recover and we have given a signal that we still can. We are not in a situation where we can lose more because it is a very high pressure for the team” he resolved, revealing that the victories “are a signal for the other teams and also for ourselves.”
“I always look at the team that goes first if you want to win the championship. It’s complicated because Atlético has been very strong in La Liga while we are in a situation where we can’t lose many more points. You have to be realistic but think positively. “he sentenced.
“The games where we have had good intensity, good ball circulation and we have found quality people in the center of the field have been the best. The Juventus game away we were very good and the other day in Bilbao too, after a bad start because we conceded a goal that cannot be conceded. We have dominated and we have created opportunities. There are always things to improve, but in those games we were at our level “, said the Barça coach, asked about the best games of this season.
“We have spoken with De Jong about his qualities and where we need him. He can help a lot to build from behind, but we also need him to reach the opposite area. He is assuming more responsibility,” he explained about the change of the young Dutch midfielder, adding to his speech to Pedri, who “has played in many positions, freely” and stating that his players, both midfielders and forwards, “need freedom to move where there are spaces because we have a 4-2-3-1 7th that is 4-3-3 for the freedom of the players, “noting that in the team” we need midfielders who score 8-10 goals per season. “
Surrendered to Pedri, Koeman did not assess whether he can or should go to the European Championship with the Spanish team “because it is not my decision”, although he stressed that at the beginning of the season “nobody expected a boy his age to play almost every game. He deserves it, but young people always have ups and downs and you have to see how he continues to evolve. I have no doubts that he will continue to improve although he has to demonstrate this level for longer, we don’t have to go fast. “
Recognizing that Ilaix Moriba could have a presence in the first team “because Aleñá has gone to Getafe and has already done the preseason with us and has trained with the team in recent days,” Koeman revealed that the players he does not have, or It counts less and they should look for an exit in this market they already know it directly.
“We have already communicated to the players that I think they should look for a way out, especially Ramon Planes because I am more aware of training and games. In the end it is always the player’s decision, but there are some, and I don’t want to. to say names, that the best thing is to look for a way out and have minutes. A young man cannot be a year without playing because that is not good to improve “he sentenced, in clear reference, although he did not want to name them, Riqui Puig and Matheus Fernandes.
In this sense, he recognized, as he had done on other occasions, that his desire is “to improve the squad in the winter market. And I still think of some positions in which we need more competition, effectiveness … There are reasons to want to sign, like this I think, but I understand the situation of the club and if it is not possible then we wait for next year “.
That is why Koeman trusted, trusts, that the elections can be carried out with still time to enter the market: “The best thing is to have a president as soon as possible because that would give us time to talk about signings. But because of Covid, yes You can’t, you can’t because the most important thing in the world is health. “
Regarding a possible reappearance of Umtiti, due to the absence of Lenglet, the coach was not very specific when remembering that the French central defender “has been out for a long time and it is a long career to be as before. He has had minutes and now we have to decide. If Lenglet is not there, there are two others who can meet like Mingueza, who has already done so, and Umtiti “limited himself to warning, being more resounding when speaking, again, of Leo Messi.
“Leo is a winner, a player who likes to train and play. He’s a bit like me, I’m pissed off if I lose. Leo from the first day he came back has done his best for this team. In the last game he helped us a lot. to win, but it’s not normal for him to score three goals every day, “he said, congratulating himself on Dembélé’s improvement, which he blamed on his physique.
“Osumane has been here for three or four years and has had a lot of bad luck with injuries and so it is difficult to be at his level. I hope he continues physically well because now he is training well and happy. I like it because it has other things different from Griezmann, Trincao or Leo. He has one against one and can play on both sides. Hopefully it continues at this level. “
In the same way, he was confident and close with Griezmann, revealing that any player “needs confidence and this begins with the player himself. I can talk to him, but the key is in himself. Antoine always works and the other day he recovered a lot of balls. and he gave an assist to Leo. Now he has to score, which is the best medicine. “
Finally, regarding the Cup tie against Cornellá, the Barça coach warned that it will be a match to take into account. “It will be a beautiful tie because we do not have to travel but we will have to adapt to the circumstances of the field. We can see the reports of Barça B, who recently played against them,” he explained, warning that Cornellà’s victory over Atlético was not a surprise .
“I was not surprised because in all countries there are this type of qualifying rounds. I saw a bit of the game and it deserved to win … A modest team has more motivation and that is a wake-up call for us.”