Ronald Koeman sees the future with more optimism. I sensed it when he asked for patience to recover the injured forwards, and after seeing the goals of Ansu Fati, Memphis and Coutinho, plus Kun Agüero’s reappearance, he feels he was right to have good expectations. What he has, for the moment, is “tranquility,” two days of tranquility and I am going to take advantage of them.
He did not say how. Maybe to relax and sleep after two consecutive defeats (Benfica and Atlético) and a break that has been long. “The feelings are very different after winning or losing,” he confessed, but he did not unleash his enthusiasm either. On Wednesday Dinamo Kiev comes to the Champions League – “· a match as important or more than this,” he admitted – and on Sunday the classic will arrive with Madrid.
But Ansu Fati, chosen as the new Barça leader, responded with his second goal in his first match as a starter that allowed the quick draw. Only 7 minutes passed from Gayà’s left-footed shot. “Little by little he will be better and it will be even more important because he is a different footballer,” predicted Koeman of Barça’s new 10. The long-awaited and longed-for Fati and Agüero, who only had three minutes, were footballers who missed the coach “to have more competition in the team and more quality at the top.”
They were joined by Philippe Coutinho, the most controversial of the forwards. For the cost (the most expensive in the history of the club) and for the performance, far from the price. But he opened the account maker. “From the first day I have believed in Coutinho and little by little he is going to recover his quality because physically he is getting better and better,” he explained, also highlighting that the freedom granted to the Brazilian allowed him to control the game. “And he knows how to score goals,” he added.
The extreme Dest
Just as Sergiño Dest knows how to pass, give assists and center. “In the Ajax quarry he had played as a winger until he got to the first team.” Even as a left winger, “he valued.
As happy as the goals from his forwards was Koeman with “the energy and attitude” of his men after suffering “the stick” from Gayà’s goal that overtook Valencia. Or that he put Barça behind on the scoreboard, which has been a constant. The coach was also satisfied with the reaction of the stands, aware that the team is in debt to the fans. “We know that we have to win over the public with our attitude, our game and with the results.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.