Tuesday, May 17

Koeman thanks Laporta’s support and announces a transfer summit

  • “It is important that there is a president and a future. Now we can talk,” says the coach

  • “It is a peace of mind to have someone who is the face of the club from within and without,” says the Dutchman.

  • Laporta will debut as president in San Sebastián accompanying the team

  • Sergi Roberto is heading into the last phase of his recovery and is already training with the group

  • Barça looks to Anoeta for the ninth consecutive victory away from home, but Koeman asks “not to talk about the double”

Has already Ronald Koeman what i wanted. A president who governs the club after more than four months of lack of leadership. Joan Laporta, the new president of the club, will travel to San Sebastián with the team. Used to living without support since the resignation of Bartholomew, the manager who signed him last August, the coach sets himself the challenge of maintaining the persecution of Atlético in the League. Now comes the Anoeta test, which will determine the response of Barça, which is launching in the championship after adding 45 of the last 51 possible.

“As I have said several times it is important for the club that there is a president. There is a future and we can talk about it,” said Koeman. “It is important to have the tranquility of someone who is the face of the club from inside and outside,” he added, relieved to have Laporta as president, while denying riding the wave of euphoria. “I do not like to talk about the double, before we were very bad,” he stressed.

Appointment during the league break

In his inauguration speech, the leader sent him a message of support, just before winking at Messi to ensure his continuity. “It is important that he highlights the work we are doing. He told me personally after Paris on the plane. But we know that everything changes very quickly when there are no results,” said Koeman. “We must continue, hopefully this will last for many years,” he later specified.

However, the technician did not want to talk about specific names. They mentioned the possibility of one day training Haaland, but Koeman didn’t want to waste time on speculation. “This is not the time to talk about a player who is not ours,” said the coach in a serious and cutting tone.

“Out of respect for his club, out of respect for others, I don’t like it … I don’t like it. I need my concentration for tomorrow and I’m not going to answer individually about players who are not ours,” Koeman assured.

“After the break we will have time to talk with the president. Players issue, signings issue, if possible … It is a time to get to know each other more”


In that sense, the coach has revealed that after the Anoeta meeting he will hold a meeting with Laporta. “Yes, it is true that after the break we will have time to speak with the president. Players issue, transfer issues, if possible … It is a time to get to know each other more,” he said.

For now, Koeman begins to recover players after having Araujo against Huesca. Sergi Roberto He has already trained this morning with the group, starting the last phase of his recovery. TO Sewn tHe is also expected just after the national team break. Both should be ready in April, coinciding with the final of the Copa del Rey on the 17th of that month against Athletic in Seville.

Barça is looking to continue with its superb streak away from home. He has already added eight consecutive victories away from the Camp Nou: Valladolid, Huesca, Athletic, Granada, Elche, Betis, Sevilla and Osasuna. And the Real, which occupies the fifth place in the League, now emerges as one of the most complicated enemies.

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Koeman’s team needs to win to launch, even with more energy, their candidacy for the title, even though they are separated by four points from Atlético, the leader. He reached 13 points. But in the three months of 2021 he has managed to cut that wide income.

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But that streak does not make Koeman lose sight of the horizon. “I do not like to talk about a double, this changes very quickly. A long time ago we were very bad,” the coach recalled about the disastrous initial streak where he only added 14 points of the first 30 in play in the League. “You have to think only game by game. There is a long way to win many things. We have room to improve things, we can aspire to something. But we have to continue.”


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