Monday, November 29

“It happened not only to me but to many players. It cannot be repeated.”


There is no calm for Koeman. And even less after losing the classic with Madrid, thus prolonging his bad streak against the big teams. There is no calm because Barça is in ninth position in the League, turning each game into an almost definitive test. In addition, he was shaken and insulted when leaving the Camp Nou last Sunday.

“It not only happened to me. It also happened to many players with their families. I did not fear, fear, fear not …”, said the Barça coach. “In my situation, being the culprit has been somewhat exaggerated. But I did not expect this,” Koeman acknowledged.

“” I did not fear, I did not fear …. I have the images, I thought about getting out of the car … “

Koeman, Barça coach

“I have the images, I thought about getting out of the car …”, the coach confessed, admitting that he was not only accompanied by Bartina, his wife, but by journalists who are filming a documentary about his time as a coach at Barça.

Security protocol change

The club is already preparing to change the protocol to leave the Camp Nou for the players and the coach himself to avoid repeating those incidents that occurred at the end of the classic.

“Solution? I don’t think there is, it’s a social problem. These are people who have education problems, they don’t know what norms and values ​​are. The atmosphere in the stadium, even with 0-2 against, had been extraordinary”

Koeman, Barça coach

“The club knows that it cannot make a player or a coach come out. We must find another formula, this cannot be repeated. Solution? I don’t think there is, it is a social problem. It is people who have education problems, no he knows what norms and values ​​are. The atmosphere in the stadium, even with the 0-2 against it, has been extraordinary, “he stressed, stating that” even Carles Puyol had to suffer, but it is a social problem that happens everywhere. the world, not just here. “

Suspended Koeman that exam of the classic and now he looks out to Vallecas, an uncomfortable scene, which also brings back bad memories, to measure himself against the daring and piercing Rayo de Iraola. Bad memories because last season, with Messi and Griezmann, suffered to go to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey thanks to a tight victory (1-2), even tracing the initial goal from Vallecano.

“If we follow the line of the last three games, there are chances of winning the game,” said Koeman, who advanced that Kun Agüero can start, but he is not yet to last 90 minutes.

Ansu, doubtful

There is no calm for Koeman because when I thought to recover players, the opposite is happening. Went back Ansu, although with the discomfort in the knee that he suffered in the classic against Madrid, but Pedri still injured. “Ansu is on the list, but it is doubtful. Tomorrow we will decide whether to travel to Madrid,” said the coach.

“With Pedri, Dembélé or Araujo we don’t set a date. We talk to the doctors every day, they know more than I do. So if you talk every day you don’t have to get mad because you already know what’s there”

Koeman, Barça coach

Koeman also knows that he will not have Pedri for more weeks than expected, he may not return until after the November break. Kun returned, but now he enters Frenkie de Jong in the infirmary. “We are all concerned about the injuries we have had. Apparently the press has come out that he was pissed off and that there was a meeting,” said the coach.

“With Pedri, Dembélé or Araujo we do not set a date. We talk to the doctors every day, they know more than I do. So if you talk every day you don’t have to get mad because you already know what there is,” said the coach.

AND Dembélé? He has been working with the group as normal since this week, but he does not travel to Madrid, no matter how close his return is from the serious injury he suffered with France during the European Championship last June. Of the 23 summoned for the classic, it has gone to 22 for Vallecas due to the absence of the also injured Frenkie de Jong.

The ‘Dembélé case’

In that sense, Koeman has admitted that Barça will have to study “the strategy” with the French striker. “The most important thing is that we want Ousmane to stay with us. Another thing is if he wants to renew, then as a club we will have to talk about the best way of this situation, but we have not yet talked about that strategy if he does not renew” Koeman stressed.

Dembélé is not called up yet and Koeman does not have Pedri and Frenkie de Jong for Vallecas either.

There is no calm for Koeman on the field. Nor was it, shaken as it was by fans, or supposed fans, at the exit of the Camp Nou after the defeat with Madrid (1-2), which forces him to win, yes or yes, in Vallecas if he does not want the voices Regarding their continuity, they now acquire more strength than in the tragic week (3-0 by Benfica and 2-0 by Atlético) where they were more out than in the Camp Nou bench. until Joan Laporta, in an unexpected script twist, he ratified him hours before playing at the Metropolitano.

There is no calm for Koeman because their forwards are not fine, symbolized all in the decline in performance of Memphis. The new ‘nine’ has run aground after a good start. Behind, Barça also leaves the coach uneasy because he has no reliability or stability since he has only kept a clean sheet in one (Dynamo Kiev) of the last five games.

And despite living a tense environment since he arrived at the Camp Nou in August 2020, Koeman does not want to leave. Less, in situations as complex as this. “If there is a headwind, it is easy to go, but I am not someone like that. I want to see, I want to know where I am going in this sense,” said the Barça coach.

“I want to enjoy myself. If it’s eight years, eight, if it’s a year, one, if it’s three months, then three months … If I don’t enjoy it, I’ll go quietly to play golf. But there is a future in this club.”

Koeman, Barça coach

“I’m older in this. I want to enjoy the atmosphere that was in the field the other day. I accept the results. I want to enjoy. If it’s eight years, eight, if it’s a year, one, if it’s three months, then three months. .. I like to enjoy when I am with the players, analyzing and preparing the matches. The other day I loved the atmosphere, but not the result, “said Koeman.

Message to Memphis

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“These things are what I like and if a day comes that I do not enjoy, I will go and dedicate myself to playing golf five days a week, which is also a very beautiful sport. But I want to continue this path, continue to improve and I understand which is a delicate situation, but there is a future in this club, there is a future … “.

Afterwards, Koeman wanted to make it clear that the decline in the performance of Memphis, which has only scored two goals (both from penalties) in the last six days of the League. “I know Memphis well and in the last games he has not been able to be decisive. He knows it, he is critical of himself and we try to improve things to see where he can make the play or not. He knows perfectly that he has to improve.”




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