Ronald Koeman will face Valencia on Saturday with FC Barcelona, ​​the club where he was fired as coach in the 2007-2008 season after six months.

However, the 57-year-old Zaandammer is not specifically looking for revenge against his former employer.

"My time at Valencia is certainly not the best memory for me, but we did win something then: the Copa del Rey," said Koeman at his press conference on Friday in the run-up to the meeting in Camp Nou.

"Valencia is a complicated club to coach. They have changed coach many times in the past fifteen years. It is not a place to work quietly."

When the Dutchman was fired in April 2008, Valencia was in disappointing sixteenth place.

A 5-1 loss against Athletic Club was the last straw for the board.

Former players such as Santiago Cañizares, Angulo and David Albelda were devastating about the Dutch coach after the dismissal of Koeman.

"They are commentators and have to say something to justify their presence," Koeman sneered at the critical former players.

"They are simply looking for a life after football."

Barcelona experienced a difficult period under Koeman, but seems to have found its way up again in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, leader Real Sociedad was beaten 2-1, pushing the Catalans to fifth place in La Liga, six points behind leader Atlético Madrid.

The knockout phase was reached in the Champions League, despite a 0-3 defeat against Juventus.


Summary FC Barcelona-Juventus (0-3)

Koeman guards against underestimation against Valencia

Valencia took only two points in the last four league matches and is disappointingly twelfth, but Koeman is careful not to underestimate his team.

"We know that Valencia is strong, they have only recently lost to Atlético and even won against Real Madrid."

"We just have to rely on our own strength," Koeman continued.

"The players know how to perform together, which gives me a lot of options. The atmosphere has always been good, and lately so have the game and the results. Hopefully we can maintain that dynamic."

The coach cited Frenkie de Jong as an example of the improved game.

"He's been playing with more freedom lately and is more attacking. I like the way he handles his responsibility. He's a great player and will shape the future of this club even more."

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