MADRID, 4 (EUROPA PRESS)
The FC Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman, has ensured that despite the fact that Frenkie de Jong and Leo Messi are warned of sanction and could miss the Clásico against Real Madrid next week if they see the fifth yellow card this Monday against Real Valladolid (9pm) “is not the time to rest”, so it will have them in the duel at the Camp Nou.
“We know they are one card away from losing a game, but this is not the time to rest, neither for cards nor for freshness. We have ten games to go; the risk exists. You have to go game by game and you have to put in the best team” He declared at a press conference about the Argentine and the Dutch.
In this sense, the Barça coach appealed not to trust the numerous casualties of the Blanquivioleta team. “We know they have their problems: casualties due to injury, because of COVID as well … We expect a difficult game, in which we will have to keep up lately. Despite the break we have had, the players have come back with a lot Courage and eager to play tomorrow’s game. It’s at home, we know our situation and we have to win, “he stressed.
“We have to be prepared; we cannot think that because of the casualties they have it will be an easy game. If we enter with a lot of energy and rhythm, being well with the ball and improving our game without the ball, we will be at our level and it can be a match without problems. You always have to work hard to win the match, “he continued.
On the other hand, Koeman spoke of the physical state of the defenders Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto, and warned that “they are not going to” risk “with them. “They are training with the team lately, they have improved a lot. These are decisions that we will have to make tomorrow morning, when we have our last training session. We are not going to risk, not for next week, but because there are more games this season and we want to have people available. They have been out for a while, they are very important players for this team, “he said.
“WE TRY TO DO THE MAXIMUM FOR LEO TO STAY”
In another vein, Koeman assured that he had met with President Joan Laporta, but did not reveal whether they had discussed the possibility of signing Norwegian Erling Haaland. “We have used the break to have meetings with the president and his team, to talk calmly about this season and next year. I am not going to talk about players who are not ours,” he said.
“We are all working to improve the team, knowing that the economic situation of the club is not the best. They have shown me from day one that they want to try to improve the situation. When it comes to signings, everything will depend on the possibilities we have. “he continued.
Nor did he speak of news about Messi’s future. “It is a very important matter. We try to do the maximum so that Leo stays more years in this club, but we have to play a game tomorrow. The things of the future are things of the president and his people,” he said.
On his own future as a Barça coach, the Dutchman was cautious. “They have given me a lot of confidence, they are very happy. We also know that in our world we have to keep working and winning matches,” he said, in addition to ensuring that “we must avoid” telling the players at this time whether or not they will have them next year, because that can “negatively influence the team.” “It is always better to do it after the season,” he concluded.