BARCELONA – Focused on the present of a Barcelona that tomorrow returns to the League facing the last rival that defeated him in the championship (Cádiz), Ronald Koeman tiptoed past this Saturday when he was asked directly about Erling Haaland, the name fashionable in the club environment, but left an indisputable sentence: dealing with the remodeling of the squad will be a capital and urgent issue, to deal with the president who emerges from the elections.
“I have my ideas for the future of the club, but I have to wait to know who will be the new president and then we will talk about that future,” said the Dutch coach, more attentive to the difficult present of a team that, he stressed, is still alive in all competitions.
“We are still in the three competitions. The Champions League is very complicated, but in the Cup if we are effective we can come back. I think we can get through the tie with Sevilla while in the League we have a good track record, but it is clear that everything depends on the players. who are up “, he resolved, in a message with which he wanted to overcome depressive feelings.” I’m not so negative … We are Barça and we must react. “
“The world does not end after the other day. You have to analyze the failures and improve things to move forward because after a defeat it is always good to have another game to show that we can be better and that we have all the ambition,” Koeman stressed, sign in your message to go “game to game”.
“We cannot now think of Sevilla or Paris … The priority is the game that we have ahead because before Sevilla there are three important games. Now there is Cádiz and then Elche and for me it is the way to be strong and try to win things. The objective is to win every game “, he declared, rejecting that his team is not prepared to beat the big teams.
“We beat Juventus in Turin and they beat us here, so we are in a draw. We still have to go to Paris and we can win there … It is difficult to say what we lack against the greats because I do not think we can not compete with them We have been close. I don’t see one team much more than another because, as I have said several times, we can beat anyone “.
Regarding the mood of his players, he referred as “positive” that the players were not exactly happy and were affected by the result against PSG. “It is normal that you are emotionally low after what happened. On Friday you could see a lower atmosphere and that is good, because if it does not affect you you can not be here. But today I have seen them as before and with a lot of desire to play and win tomorrow’s game ”, he resolved.
Koeman admitted that football “has changed” explaining that now “the physical part is very important. You have to play games with great intensity and do it on a very tight schedule.” In this scenario, he said that at Barça “we have always looked for technical players and we have to find a bit of balance. We can improve the aspect of defending and having legs in the team.”
Precisely the defensive aspect is one of those that most occupies the Dutch coach, who recognized his attention to set pieces and the way to defend them … or avoid them. “You have to be more focused and not make useless fouls that can hurt. Then you analyze and for example the 1-3 foul the other day you see that we leave too much space to defend. We don’t have as much strength and height, so you have to be more concentrated. “
Concentration and attention demanded Sergiño Dest, of whom he said, repeated, “He is 19 years old and must learn … He has to be more concentrated and there are several moments of the match in which he is not one hundred percent. There are many positive things he can contribute, but he must learn ”, he agreed, recalling that moving from Ajax to Barça, at his age,” is a great change, a great step. “
“The screams don’t bother me,” he summed up when questioned about the quarrel between Piqué and Griezmann during the PSG game, recalling that during a match “there is a lot of emotion and there are always things that cannot be accepted. It’s good that there are people like that on the team. They are moments of high tension … There is no time to say ‘please want to come down’, ‘please …’ There are moments of tension in a match and I have no problem with it, I like it. Be quiet and see what happens I do not like “.
Finally, Koeman refused to consider that the Spanish League has lost steam compared to others due to the negative results in Europe, recalling that “in addition to Granada, Villarreal also won and Atlético and Real Madrid still have to play. It is too easy to draw conclusions. for these games. Spanish teams are strong, “he said.