Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has remembered some of his finest Champions League memories.
Koeman spoke to UEFA as he spoke about his Champions League moments ahead of the clash with Ferencvaros in the group stages of CL.
When asked how it feels like to return to Champions League as Barcelona boss, he said: “Every time we went back to Barcelona, we had that feeling of, “OK, we’re back home, we have friends.” We know everything about the city and it’s a fantastic feeling to be back in Barcelona. I’m Dutch, but maybe I’m a little bit Dutch-Spanish, Dutch-Catalan, because Ihad a period of nine years in total in Barcelona.”
He also spoke about the time he scored and won in the 1988 and 1992 European cup finals.
“If you score the winning goal, you’re the hero of the night. That feeling was great, and it was, and still is, a fantastic memory [for Barcelona in 1992). It was a fantastic feeling because it was the first Champions League at that time for Barcelona. You can’t compare scoring one of five or one of seven penalties with scoring a free-kick in extra time; that’s very different. We won the title with PSV Eindhoven [in 1988]. It was unexpected because a team in Holland winning a big title like that is great.”
Finally, he was asked about another one of his greatest CL memories, to which he stated:
“[Barcelona] won against Manchester United [in 1994/95]. That night it was 4-0. We played great football. I remember a game against Dynamo Kyiv [in 1993/94], maybe that was the best game that we ever played with the Barcelona team – I think we won 4-1. And I scored a great goal against Porto in the [1993/94] semi-finals when [Vítor] Baía was still the goalkeeper.”
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