Thursday, December 2

Koeman: “I hope Ansu Fati plays for Barça for many years”

Koeman: "The attitude of the team must be highlighted"

Koeman: “We must highlight the attitude of the team”

It was not a thunderous victory or a triumph without doubt, but the Barça beat the Valencia and he started off on the right foot a momentous week in which he has the opportunity to start straightening his course in the Santander League and the Champions League. And the ratified Ronald Koeman celebrated after the meeting. The Dutch coach highlighted the good attitude of his players and celebrated the good level of Ansu Fati. “He has to improve physically little by little, but his quality is undeniable. Today he has already played an hour and he has more and more competition rhythm. I hope I can play many more years at this club“, he wished on the new ’10’ Barcelona.

“We have a plan with him. Today he played from the beginning for the first time. Little by little he will be better and will be more important, he is a different player from the rest. We met with the doctors who would give him an hour, if it were up to me I would not have changed it“, has revealed. Ansu was the great protagonist of the night, with a goal, a forced penalty and a” good connection with Memphis in a very important moment “, but ‘Kun’ Agüero also had his moment of glory. More than Four months after being announced and presented as a new culé player, the Argentine forward made his debut with the Blaugrana shirt: “It is important for the team to recover the injured attackers. Ansu and Agüero are different players, with special qualities. Agüero also has experience. I hope it follows a path similar to Ansu’s. It is not a question of quality, but of being in good physical condition“.

Other proper names of the meeting were those of Philippe Coutinho and Sergiño Dest. “He was good. He was fast and helped us control the game. Scoring a goal was important for us, but especially for him. From day one I have trusted him. Little by little you will regain confidence“He said about the former.” In the lower ranks of Ajax he always played as a left winger. He dominates that position and he has done very well. It was a good game on his part, “he recalled regarding the American.

This is not the time to draw conclusions: “The season is long”

Regarding the game, Koeman noted that “we knew before jumping onto the pitch that this week is very important for our aspirations” and that “we have put in a lot of energy and we have been good, convinced to win the game from the first minute.” “It was very important to be focused and calm despite starting losing. We played well and we had control until we deserved it and we managed to come back“He added after highlighting the” fast “and” efficient “movement of the ball,” one of the keys to our style “, of his players.” The triumphs give confidence. The energy and defensive improvement has helped us a lot. On Wednesday, in the Champions League, we have to continue in this line to have options to qualify for the next phase“, it manifested.

The Wembley hero did not want to ‘get wet’ on Gayà’s penalty to Ansu Fati that Memphis Depay transformed, although he thought that “the play is doubtful”. “The referee has whistled, the VAR has not entered … then it is a penalty,” he analyzed. Nor did he want to draw excessive conclusions from the victory or use the calculator. “We have only played eight league games. The season is very long. Now it’s time to enjoy the game and the result,” he settled.

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