- The technician exposes the defects to be corrected to prevent the distance to the head from increasing.
- Barça have lost in three of the five league outings and have only beaten Celta at home.
- Ramos’ penalty in Eibar, very clear: “Nine out of ten Madrilenians would say that it was, but the referee did not whistle it.”
Ronald Koeman would sign with his eyes closed to return from Valladolid with the same 0-1 with which they have settled Barça’s last two visits to the Nuevo Zorrilla. Even with the burden of suffering inherent in such a tight result. Because his team needs results, anemic of victories, the best “vitamin” for anyone, especially if he falters so much and shows so many signs of weakness.
Barça won two years ago with a goal from Ousmane Dembélé and in the previous season thanks to one from Arturo Vidal. None of them will be in a team tonight that has not won even half of the league games: only 6 wins in 13 games (plus 3 draws and 4 losses).
Regularity and concentration
Why? Two shortcomings among many others would allow us to synthesize it. Lack of “regularity” in the game and lack of “concentration” in set pieces. Defects verbalized by Koeman himself are two of the causes of his Barça leaving so many points along the way. The Valladolid match acquires a vital significance for the coach in his frustrated desire to stabilize Barça.
“We are changing things and with young people there is more irregularity and we need time, but we are Barça and we have to win games”
“Every game that we don’t win is a step backwards. The problem is not drawing at home with Valencia, but that we have lost too many away games,” he said. Three of the five exits (Getafe, Athletic and Cadiz), plus a tie in the field of Alavés. Barça only won in the first excursion, to Balaídos (0-3).
There is another disadvantage that penalizes the present and that should be an advantage in the future. The youth of several players causes ups and downs in the game and in the results, but at the same time it provides them with learning that accelerates their maturity.
“On the one hand we know that we are changing things and that with young people there is more irregularity and we need time, but, on the other, we are Barça and we have to win games“, explained the coach about the contradictory reflection he makes from his position.” And there are not many training sessions to improve things, which is complicated for us than for other teams, “he pointed out.
“We must have more concentration knowing that it is complicated because we lack tall people to defend the opponent’s trunks”
A situation as delicate as the one in which the referees find themselves when they have to decide. An extenuating factor that does not excuse them from some of their determinations. The latest controversy is Sergio Ramos’ penalty in Eibar that was not called by referee Munuera Montero. Koeman aligned himself with everyone who still does not know what is the criterion that decrees when hands are punishable or not in the area. “One day it is a penalty and another is not; it is difficult to understand, even for the referees,” he analyzed.
“If you ask ten people from Madrid, normally nine say that it is a penalty, but the referee, with his team, decides that no “, Koeman commented, adding the tagline” well, we know “to which a preamble preceded:” I’ll stick with what I said on Madrid day and it doesn’t need to be repeated. ” A hint that he did not want to clarify when he was questioned about whether Madrid benefits or not from the arbitration decisions. That daya already anticipated that “I don’t understand how VAR works” and that “there is only VAR against Barça.” There was a penalty from Lenglet to Ramos.
What Koeman can facilitate is the progression of his players, although he knows that “the best vitamin is to win games.” He has no doubts about anyone’s involvement. Neither of the state of mind of Leo Messi in the publicized interview that he has given and that will not be broadcast until Sunday.
“If you ask ten people from Madrid, normally nine say that it is a penalty, but the referee, with his team, decides that it is not”
“I do not need to know in an interview because I see how he is every day, with his teammates, in training. I know that it costs him, with the winner he is, that we do not win all the games.” Messi will not yet have the help of Dembélé, who will reappear against Eibar on the 29th.
Three goals from corners
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The most useful help Koeman could give is for his players (and coaches) to emphasize concentration and organization in the allocation of marks on strategy plays. The team has conceded three goals from corners in the last four games.
The first was in Cádiz: a block on Mingueza left Álvaro alone on the goal line. The second was against Real Sociedad: Pedri jumped without aggression and without following the ball when he lost the fight with Portu, who crossed Willian José. The last one against Valencia combines Griezmann’s individual failure, Diakhaby’s marker, who heads alone, with the strategic assignment to the forward of that vigilance. Araújo was also misplaced, Koeman added. “We must have more concentration knowing that it is complicated because we lack tall people to defend the logs on the contrary, “he said.
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