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Koeman: “Ansu is missing a lot”

Koeman and Ansu, in training before taking on Benfica.Alejandro Garcia / EFE

The appearance of Ansu Fati against Levante was a shot of adrenaline and energy for Barcelona, ​​until then lacking football and faith to the point that coach Ronald Koeman is in question, demanding the directive with the guidelines cruyffistas. So the stake at Benfica’s home (Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. Movistar) will be the test of cotton, since the Barça team has already lost the first European game without saying a word against Bayern. “We need a good result. But it is the second game of six. It cannot be decisive, ”Koeman resolved. “We are good, we come from a great game and that is the way to go. We have to go to win ”, added the central Araujo.

The mood culer It reverberated with 10 minutes from Ansu and a blow from outside the area that ended in a goal. A feat for someone with a 10-month injury and four knee surgeries. Setback for oblivion, according to what seemed to explain the new 10 of Barça, who will also be in Lisbon in the final minutes. “I have a very good relationship with him. Before Levante I told him to trust him, to do what he knew how to do. He is a great player, with character ”, stated Araujo; “We know what happened, it’s hard so long. He was able to come back well, with a nice goal. But this has just begun and you have to be patient ”. Koeman said the same: “It was a great day because he scored, it was perfect. But Ansu has a long way to go, he has been out for a long time and has only played 15 minutes ”. And he added: “Ansu was very tired the day after because emotionally it was also a huge impact. The mental issue must also be taken into account. Although he has already trained without problems and every time we will try to give him more time in the games ”.

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It will not be an easy game in Benfica’s field. The Barça coach, who was also on the Portuguese bench in the 2005-06 academic year, explained it: “We expect a difficult game. I know the atmosphere that can be and the strength they have at home. He will not open the field much or leave many spaces, with strong defense and quality at the top. We have to try to nullify them and not give them the ball and have a good defensive organization because they can hurt you against them ”. But he already has his recipe: “Give young people minutes and watch the charges because there are five games in 12 days. We have to look at where we have the most freshness to get the best result ”. Although, he agreed, it will not be easy: “Against Levante we almost played without a right winger. We lack wing players and we must try to fill the midfield, that our full-backs attack … It does not depend on the system because with any system you can pressure the opposite. The important thing is what and where we want to push the opposite ”. And, incidentally, that Ansu continue where he left off. Especially because the costumes are clear, as Araujo remarked: “We aspire to everything. We are Barça. The League, the Cup, the Super Cup… We cannot go to see what happens, we must go to win ”.

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