Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman insists fans must accept the fact that Azulgrana need to play in a format that fits their current player resources.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman insists Barcelona fans have to accept the fact that the current Azul Grana squad are not as strong as they have been in recent years. After the Dutch coach’s team could only pursue a 1-1 draw against Granada on Monday. According to Marca and ufabet
Ronald Koeman insists Barcelona fans must accept the fact
Koeman had limited offensive options following injuries to Sergio Aguero Gun, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite, before the Dutch coach made one. The surprise in the latest game with the replacement of Gerard Pique, 34, the 34-year-old centre-back, who came on as Luc de Jong’s forward duo in the final 15 minutes of the Granada game, has drawn criticism from Barcelona’s fan.
However, Koeman insists supporters must accept the fact. The Barcelona do not have the strength of the past and are far from the dominant team under Pep Guardiola between 2008-2012.
‘Look at the list of players we have. We did what we had to do,’ Koeman retorted. ‘There are no players for ‘Tiki-Taka’ play, you have to play with our style. But if the game needs a change We have to do it.’
‘Barca today is not Barca, eight years ago we played the way Barca in 2021. But we didn’t have the speed of attack because Coutinho cut in and Demir didn’t run as much.
‘With Ansu and Dembele, it will be different. We have more depth of quality and we have to look for alternatives,’ Koeman said.