Koeman and Messi merge into a hug after eliminating Sevilla in the Cup.JOSEP LAGO / AF
P After turning around the semifinal tie against Sevilla , this Barcelona is excited and seems to have hit the key with Koeman's new system, a 3-5-2 that frees the sides and that makes Barça a fearful team in transitions. He will play in the final – against Athletic – and is now encouraged by LaLiga, five points behind an Atlético that has one game less. Barça is measured against Osasuna (this Saturday, 16.15, Movistar) , at the moment comfortable in the equator of the table. “It is a very important game because Atlético-Madrid is also there and one or both of them will lose points, so we must win. But the best thing is that the top player loses points, ”said the Barça coach, happy for the moment his team is going through. "The Sevilla game has given us a lot of morale."
Although the team has had a hard time during the course due to injuries, also because it could not sign due to lack of money and especially because it has been ungoverned for many months, Koeman is clear its merit. “What I'm most proud of is the environment after the changes we've made. How they celebrated the goals, the whole dressing room united. I'm proud of that and that we believe in ourselves after very difficult and complicated moments ”. But it doesn't just happen in the dressing room. “You can tell on the street that people are happy because the team lives again, that bad times have passed and that there is a future. We have worked hard to have this feeling with people. Hopefully one day the pitch will be full because we need it, the atmosphere and enjoy a night like against Sevilla. ”
It is finally working for Barça , who have only received one goal in recent games and it was a penalty. “We have not made many mistakes individually and we have pushed very well to the contrary. In addition, playing with three behind has given us a little more security due to our game and way of defending. We have also improved our concentration from set pieces… There are several things ”. For the duel against Osasuna, in any case, Koeman will not be able to count on the injured Sergi Roberto, Coutinho, Piqué and Araujo , who still does not train with the group. Neither does Pjanic enter the list, with annoyances, in exchange for Ilaix Moriba and Matheus Fernandes.
"I'm tired of answering about my continuity"
Barcelona will have a new president starting this Sunday, the candidates Freixa, Font and Laporta. So the future of Koeman is undefined, waiting for the titles if they arrive and the new proposals as coaches, with Xavi at the forefront. "I do not know if I have earned to follow another season. What I do know is that I have one more year on my contract. In a few days we will see what path the president marks and we will talk. What we have to do is win games and focus on this, which is what is in our hands, ”agreed Koeman. But they insisted on it. "I'm sick of answering these kinds of questions," he lamented; “It is normal for names like Xavi or others to appear. It has not bothered me because I am involved in work, in matches … It does not interest me, but Barça is the biggest club in the world and we need to have a president to know the future. ”