BARCELONA – Ronald Koeman admitted on Tuesday that Barcelona “is gambling” against Dinamo Kiev. “It is a decisive match, yes, and you have to win it to have options to pass the group stage, there is no other remedy,” acknowledged the coach to, in any case, warn that his team must “compete … But I don’t know it can demand to win the Champions “.
“Comparing with other teams that are ahead, it is not possible to demand that Barça win the Champions League. We try to reach this level, with new and young people; we have a team to compete and pass the group stage, but we do not have to demand”, he proclaimed Koeman, discovering that the level of the Barça club is not at the level of the greats of the continent.
“It costs more in the Champions League than in the League because the big teams have improved a lot and Barça has lowered their level in the last four or five years. I don’t know why and I can only talk about how long I am but there is a change, that it’s clear ”, explained the coach, emphasizing that there are other teams” with more balance in their squad, with 23 international players and a better economic situation than ours … Everything influences “.
How far can this Barça go? “Right now I don’t care about anything other than tomorrow’s game. It always depends on the circumstances of the team,” Koeman replied, stating that he does not want to think further: “It is not normal now to think about reaching the quarterfinals, semifinals, final … What we have to demand is to win tomorrow because it is the first step and I do not care about anything else. With two games lost, now we need to win. “
“There is room to improve many things and it is not known how far we will go. Now we must continue on the line of the last game. We played a good first half and that is what we demand. We must be aggressive and put pressure on the rival,” he resolved, agreeing in that he does not have in mind Sunday’s game against Real Madrid when planning the line-up.
“The first rival, the next, is always the most important. We must try to get each player to their best level. That is why I said that it was impossible for Ansu Fati to play three full games in seven days,” he discovered, hinting that he will continue your plan laid out with the striker.