Koeman sent a message about Barcelona’s aspirations this season and pointed out that they must be realistic due to the changes that have taken place.
The Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman considered that his team “is not there to win many things” in the press conference prior to the match against Athletic Bilbao.
“You have to be realistic and know where we come from, the changes we have made and the young players there are,” added the Dutch coach in this regard.
Further, He said that “the League is complicated by the difference in points with Atlético de Madrid and in the Champions League there is no favorite to win the competition.”
Asked about the report of the technical secretariat revealed by TV3, which recommends the signing of Manchester City center-back Eric Garcia and doubts that Samuel Umtiti and Óscar Mingueza are prepared for high-level commitments, Koeman replied that he does not watch “much the press “and that he is” interested in games. “
But at the insistence of journalists, he explained that “it is always important to have someone at the club who is working to improve the squad in January or for next year.” Thus, he said that he does not bother him “because it is a job that the club has to do and the players should not be angry because they participate a lot in the games.”
On Umtiti he explained that “he has been out due to an injury, he has recovered well and is being counted on”. And regarding Mingueza, who “has been playing many games since he came up from the subsidiary.”
Koeman also admitted that he has spoken recently with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, but “to congratulate him on his fiftieth anniversary, not to talk about Eric Garcia.” The Dutch coach explained that “if it is not possible for (the player) to come in January” he accepts it and goes “forward”.
The big news on the list to face Athletic Bilbao could be Sergi Roberto, who had been injured since the end of November. “It has a chance of making the list,” Koeman admitted.
The Barcelona coach considered that “in the two games played recently against Athletic Bilbao” his team had “many chances of winning” (in fact, they won 2-3 in the league) and that he knows that the Bilbao team “is physically strong and gets a lot of performance from set pieces. “