As much as one of the candidates for the Barca presidency, Víctor Font insisted on the need to sign Eric Garcia now, against the opinion of his rivals, Joan Laporta and Toni Freixa, Ronald Koeman has finally run out of winter signings. The Barca coach understands that the delicate economic situation, aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic, has affected many great teams, but also regrets that the club, right now, continues without a president. Above all, when starting to design next season.
I knew that this is a difficult moment at Barca, for many reasons. I don’t mind acting as a spokesperson, but I am the coach, and that is a very important role in a club. If the sports theme works, others have it easier. We need a president, it cannot be that a club like Barça continues without having one. Above all, to plan the future ”, complained the Barca coach at the press conference before the clash with Granada in the Copa del Rey.
The publication of the numbers and conditions of Leo Messi’s contract continues to raise a lot of stir. And that is something that bothers him. “It is absurd that this issue has been on everyone’s lips for three days, but the team and Leo responded the way I like: leaving the things that appear in the press aside and concentrating on the game and its game,” he wielded. From his point of view, it can even have a certain positive effect: “The victories help to have a good atmosphere, but there are things from outside that can also strengthen a dressing room. It is about taking advantage of what can give motivation. If you win, it’s easier to have an environment like this.
If there is an issue that can harm a player, my job as a coach, that of my staff and that of the team’s people, is to protect and defend the player. I am not referring specifically to this topic, I speak in general. But when things like this happen, they can be important to be more united in the dressing room, “he stressed. When looking for culprits, after pointing out on Sunday that, if someone from the club had leaked it, he had no future at Barca, he opened the range a little more. It can come from many places. There is always competition between the big clubs, people from outside who have friends inside. As a coach, I will defend my players and the club. Situations like this, as I said the other day, for me, are with bad intention, “he insisted.
The team, despite the defeat in the Super Cup, seems to be more solid. And now he is three games away from getting into the Cup final. Starting, of course, with the clash with Granada in the quarterfinals. The Cup is not more important than the League, although the Cup is closer because there are fewer games left. Atletico is now very strong in the League, it is not normal for them to get so many points, but it is about continuing to press for them to lose some. We lost them at home and against teams against which they cannot be lost, reflected a Koeman who denied that he had problems with the leaks of his line-ups, no matter how much a Dutch media put in the mouth of his brother Erwin otherwise.
It has surprised me because it is not true. I think the journalist put it wrong. Yes I commented a while ago that a topic that I talked to Riqui about was published, but the line-up thing is not true, “said the Barca coach. Gerard Pique, one of his props, was able to celebrate his birthday on February 2 and that of his partner, Shakira, training at a stronger intensity after injuring his knee a few months ago. Koeman, however, asks for patience, as much as being in the return against PSG seems to be his goal and that of Ansu Fati. The most important thing is that they recover well from their injuries, especially Ansu. The date is not good