Koeman, in a press conference of the Champions of this course.MIGUEL RUIZ / FCB / Europa Press
Barça has no choice but to try to win each game from self-esteem after being thrashed against PSG in the Champions League (4-1 ). Koeman's challenge is to raise the team to compete from this Sunday against Cádiz in LaLiga, await the president who will be elected on March 7 to design the short-term future and facilitate the renewal of the squad from young footballers like Pedri, Araujo, De Jong or Ansu Fati. The Barça coach's speech is simply realistic: “We are Barça, we have good players and we have to react to put things in their place, and the best way is not to think of any other objective than to win the next LaLiga game. It's not good to think about the Cup and Sevilla now. ”
Cádiz was the last rival Barcelona lost to in LaLiga. The Barça career since that December 5, when Carranza was defeated by two serious defensive errors, has been especially significant – ten victories and two draws – in the regularity tournament, very different from that of the Cup – they lost in the first leg of the semifinals at the Pizjuán 2-0— and the Champions League , beaten in the first round of 16 by PSG. The Barcelona players beat their strongest opponents, a fact that their coach does not share – he reiterates: "We can beat anyone" -, sometimes victims of their own mistakes: "You have to improve defensively, be more concentrated and have more legs; seek the balance between quality and physicality ", insists Koeman.
" The world does not end ", continues the coach, who appeals to" ambition, pride, intensity ", and also to correct mistakes -" we lost a lot of balls against PSG ”- to trust his team's reaction after Mbappé's passage through the Camp Nou (1-4). "You have to come out strong on Sunday and win to trust us again." Koeman not only defends the team and his players – ”if the results didn't affect us, we couldn't be here; It seems so good to me that we are emotionally low as that in the field the players express themselves in moments of high tension "- but to LaLiga:" Spanish teams are strong; It is too easy to draw another conclusion from the first results of the Champions League. ”
Koeman aspires to finish the season well and fulfill the contract he signed until 2022.“ I have my ideas for the future; I'll wait for the new president, ”says the coach, the star of the series“ Força Barça ”, produced by Captains for the Videoland chain and whose first episode was broadcast last week in the Netherlands. The documentary covers the coach's first six months at Barça. “Now I couldn't say no; if I let this opportunity slip away, there would be no other ”, confesses Koeman about the offer received from Barcelona and his resignation to continue with the Netherlands team. “My love for Barça is so great that I do everything possible to make sure everything goes well. The future will tell if I am capable; It is the job with the most pressure I have ever had in my life. ”
A message he reiterated on Tuesday after the bad game against PSG. “I know where I am, I know what we have to change; we are halfway there ”, he summarized after 35 games on the Camp Nou bench that have resulted in 23 wins, 8 losses and 4 draws, a balance conditioned by the injuries of decisive players such as Ansu Fati, Araujo and Piqué and the lack of reinforcements – the technician asked a central and a center forward (the names considered were Eric García and Depay) while also trying to convince Wijnaldum.