The FC Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman, has assured that they must be "realistic" and be aware that currently the team "is not there to win many things", although they will try to "fight" for everything, and has highlighted
the strength "to Set pieces "of Athletic Club
, who will face this Sunday at the Camp Nou days after losing the Spanish Super Cup to him, for which he has urged not to commit" unnecessary fouls ".
"It is a season in which we are changing things, we are opting for young players. Today, Barça is not there to win many things. We fight, but we
have to be realistic
about where we come from and the changes we have made. Barça always you have to be prepared to fight, but you have to be realistic too, "he declared at a press conference.
In this sense, he knows that in LaLiga Santander the situation is very complicated.
"We know our situation in LaLiga, there is quite a distance from points, it is complicated, but until it is possible we will try to win our games. In the 'Champions' there are many teams.
We have two games against PSG and we will try to pass," he
The Dutch coach also knows that it will be almost impossible to incorporate someone into the winter market due to the club's financial situation.
"It is always important to have someone at the club working to improve our squad. If it cannot be January, it will have to be next season. The players cannot be upset about this issue. These things happen in any club in the world." , he stressed.
Ramon Planes's job
is to try to improve our squad. If there are things, that he explains them, I don't know what happened. My job is to think about the game. Of the other things, nothing interests me," he said, confirming that has not spoken with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola about Eric Garcia.
"Yes, I have spoken with Pep to congratulate him on his 50 years, but we have not talked about Eric García. He will surely come for next season, and if it is not possible this January, we accept it and move on," he said.
On the other hand, he was categorical when it came to talking about Frenchman Jean-Clair Todibo, on loan to Benfica.
"Todibo is a Barça player, but I'm not going to count on him," he said, before talking about the alleged report from the board in which it was stated that Umtiti and Mingueza were not qualified to play high-level matches.
"A Barça player always has to be prepared for everything. Umtiti has been out for a while due to an injury, he has recovered well and we have counted on him. Mingueza has played many games, he has been promoted to the first team, he has played central, as a winger ... We'll see what happens in the future. Everyone has to prove it, and nobody knows what might happen in the future at this club, "he said, before assuring that Sergi Roberto has" a lot of spirit to be in game "this Sunday and has a" chance of entering "after recovering from his injury.
In another vein, Koeman analyzed this Sunday's duel against Athletic Club at the Camp Nou (9:00 p.m.), after Marcelino García Toral's men beat them in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
"In the two previous games against them we have had a lot of chances to win the games. It is a physically strong team, especially from set pieces, where they get a lot of performance, and we have to be prepared. In the two previous games we created our chances, now we must sentence. The team has improved its game, more things without the ball, and we must continue like this, "he said.
"Athletic gets a lot of performance from fouls, corners. They go very well from the top, you have to defend well. The referee will be very important, because there are plays, like the one the other day, in which there was no foul. We will not commit fouls. unnecessary so that they cannot take advantage of the set pieces, "he concluded.
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