Koeman, during a Barcelona game this season.GONZALO FUENTES / Reuters
Last year, before the Barcelona elections were delayed until March, the then candidate for the presidency of the Barça club, Joan Laporta , was careful about the continuity of Ronald Koeman on the Camp Nou bench. "He deserves respect, he has not had an easy ballot," said the Catalan lawyer. At that time, Barça was fifth in the table, 10 points behind the leader, Atlético de Madrid. But the azulgrana box reacted. Messi left sadness behind – "I had a very bad time in the summer and I dragged him at the beginning of the season," the Argentine told Jordi Évole – and Barcelona regained ground in LaLiga. Today, he is four points behind Diego Pablo Simeone's team. “Ronald, you know that you have the confidence of this new board of directors. The team is improving. We are very hopeful that the situation will get worse, "said Laporta the day he took office as president.
Last week, Laporta and Koeman got together to eat – the vice president responsible for the sports area, Rafael Yuste, and the vice president in charge of the sports area also participated in the lunch. general director of football , Mateu Alemany- to begin to design the future of the first team. “They have given me a lot of confidence and told me that they are very happy. It is very normal after the changes we have made. Now, we have to keep winning games and we have to show why they trust us ”, explained the Dutch coach. In 2020, in Koeman's first 21 games, Barça had 12 wins, four draws and five losses. This year, the Barça team has played 22 games, won 17, tied two and lost three. In addition, the team is in the final of the Copa del Rey.
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“We all work to improve the team knowing the financial situation of the club – it is estimated that losses could exceed 300 million euros- . We depend on that for the transfer issue, ”Koeman said. And he clarified: “I am not involved in financial matters. Those decisions are made by the board of directors ”. Last week, Eerling Haaland's father, Alf Inge, and his manager, Mino Raiola, were in Barcelona. “With Laporta we have discussed how to improve our squad, but I don't want to talk about players who are not ours. What interests me the most now are these last 10 days and the final of the Cup ”, Koeman pointed out.
Yes, on the other hand, he made reference to Messi's possible continuity in Barcelona. The captain's contract expires on June 30. “It is a very important matter because we want him to stay at this club for more years. But now we have to play a game tomorrow and we have to put the thought there, "he said. Barcelona receives Valladolid, which has 12 casualties. "It's been a shitty week," complained Sergio González, coach of the Valladolid team. And he listed: "For covid we have Roberto (he has tested negative in the last hours), Luis Pérez, Kike Pérez, Joaquín Fernández and Míchel," Sergio said. And he listed: “Orellana is sanctioned; Jota, Raúl Carnero and Kiko Olivas are injured; Yamiq and Fede San Emeterio are in trouble; and Weissman has returned touched by his selection. ”
“ We must not think about his casualties. You have to enter with energy and rhythm in the circulation of the ball. We have improved in the recovery of the ball and we have to continue at that level. If we do, we will have no problems, but we must not relax, "said Koeman. Barça recovers Sergi Roberto for the duel against Valladolid. After 59 days out, after missing 12 games, the Catalan has returned to training. Gerard Piqué, who suffered from the knee injury, has also been working alongside the rest of his teammates. “They are training with the team. They have improved a lot and these are decisions that we must make tomorrow morning. We're not taking chances, ”Koeman said. A week away from the classic, Barça have De Jong and Messi warned. “We know that they are one card away from the penalty, but this is not the time to rest either for cards or for the freshness of a player. There is always the risk, but there are 10 days left. The best thing is to go game by game and put the best team I think of to win it ”, concluded the Barça coach.
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