Ronald Koeman arrived at the Camp Nou with a clear idea: he wanted his team’s tactical drawing to be 4-2-3-1. However, the Dutch coach has been providing different nuances. “You don’t have to get obsessed with the system, we can use different ones and they can be changed during the game. We are improving on it ”, assured the Barcelona coach. And he added: “It is key to have versatile players in the squad. There is talk of the system, but the important thing is the freedom of each of the players. Lately the players have more freedom and that complicates our rivals ”.
Barcelona, fifth in LaLiga six points behind the leader, Atlético de Madrid (they have one game less), defeated Real Sociedad (2-1) last Wednesday. A match in which, according to the Dutch coach, the Barça team offered the best version of the season. However, Barça could not maintain the level it showed in the first half after passing through the changing rooms. “The problem was that the score was only 2-1 at halftime. We could have finished the first half with a difference of more than two goals. We miss our chances. If we had completed them, the second part would have been different, “he said. The Barça coach highlighted the partnership between Messi and Pedri in the duel against the Basque team. “I think good players know how to play and they don’t depend on who is by their side,” Koeman explained.
Barcelona will face Valencia this Saturday at the Camp Nou (16:15). “Valencia is a strong team. They have lost one of the last six games and beat Real Madrid. It’s competitive, we’re going to have to be good. We create opportunities, although we need to be more effective, “said Koeman, who will meet again with his former team. The Dutchman trained the box che for six months in the 2007-2008 season. A few days after winning the Copa del Rey, he was removed from his position. “It is not the best memory of my coaching career. Maybe I made a mistake in some decisions, as can happen to anyone. It was a short stay, but at least we gained something. Over the past 15 years they have had many coach changes. It is a complicated site. Sometimes there is a lack of calm to be able to work ”, analyzed the Barça coach.
Koeman, who in Valencia had differences with referents of the squad such as Angulo, Cañizares and Albelda, insisted that he observes union in the Barça dressing room. “I have always seen a good atmosphere, despite the lost games. But it is easier for there to be joy when you win. It is normal, it happens on all computers. It’s easier for the press to get comments, because they don’t see what happens in the locker room before and after the games, ”explained the Barcelona coach, who complained about the calendar again. “It’s crazy. If we win the semifinal of the Super Cup there is one more game and many at late times. At least in Granada we play in the afternoon … but we are killing the players. On trips we get home very late and two days later there is another trip and another game. This issue must be resolved in a very tight season, “he concluded.
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