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Koeman: “I’m sick of defending myself”

Koeman, before starting training this Friday.Alejandro Garcia / EFE

Barcelona is fighting with football and the goal, broken in the League and knocked out in the Champions League by Bayern and Benfica. Results and game that put Ronald Koeman into question, who could be dismissed if he also fell on the Atlético field (this Saturday at 9:00 p.m. Movistar). “I remembered Van Gaal when I entered …”, said the Barça coach when he stepped on the press room, without any questions involved; “Good morning from my friends in the press. How good that one! ”. It happens that Van Gaal said it to communicate that he was leaving. “I’m still staying, yes,” said Koeman, who soon went from smiling to twisting his face due to the reiteration of questions about his future to the point that he refused to answer what his relationship with President Joan Laporta was like . Tough times for Koeman. “Honestly, it could be better,” he admitted.

Precisely, Laporta went this Friday morning to the Sports City. “I have found out that the president has been, but I have not seen him because he was preparing the game,” Koeman resolved, aware of his precarious situation and showing the distance between the coach and the Barça boss. “The club has not told me anything about my future. I’m still the same, but I have ears, eyes and I already know that a lot of things are filtered … Surely it is something that is true “, Koeman expanded. Situation to which the coach rebels because he understands that they have not given him enough to lead the team on the right track. “I am here for the love of the club. I came in a more complicated situation and now it seems that it is more complicated than the first day ”, he assumed. And he claimed: “I’m tired of defending myself. People who know can analyze the situation of the team and the club. We have done important things and we have made changes from the club [en referencia a las bajas de Messi, Griezmann…]. Some will think that it is a lack of respect, others that you have to have time… ”.

Koeman claims time because he still has important casualties in the infirmary like Dembélé and Kun Agüero, now that Ansu starts shooting after 10 months injured. “This squad lacks balance now because there are few attackers. Ansu is on his way back … It limits us not having one against one, not having speed. We also lack effectiveness ”, he stressed. And he added: “We always talk about the system, but it is not that, but the coach must adapt to the type of players he has. Without wingers and without one against one, without players to dominate… I think that if we recover all of them, we will have a strong squad. But now, it is living with what there is ”. And what is there will always be worse than before. Koeman clarified it laconically: “If I have a bag of money, I have Messi still here.” For this reason, when they questioned him what has been his best and worst moment at the club, he replied: “It seems that I am already out… Well, the best was the signing as a coach; the worst, the departure of Leo ”.

Clinging to young people – “they ask for land and they deserve to have these opportunities,” he said – without the team he wants and without the players he wanted, Koeman plays it against Atlético. “They are two different styles. They are last year’s champions for their game. It is very competitive and it is difficult to create chances for them. To close spaces and defend in his area is a great team. We will have to try to be fine with the last pass. But I think that every game we have had opportunities. Surely we will not have more. But if we have three or four we have to score ”, he resolved. And he added: “You have to continue with the plan. But I already know that my future depends on the results, it is something normal in this world ”. Match ball against for Koeman.

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