Barcelona are a club in trouble – or in transition as some like to put it.
The bottomline however, remains that they are not looking good. So here is Alvaro Romeo with a review of the first month of Koeman in charge at Nou Camp!
“Koeman was hired for a number of things, and he’s done some of them: for example he’s fighting the endemic stagnation that Barcelona had for a few years, he changed the system, he’s giving a chance to the youngsters.
“He wanted a striker that he never got – he wanted Memphis Depay, but he wasn’t given that.”
This is where the ‘…but’ comes.
“The defeat [to Real] has to be on Koeman a bit: you have to wonder why the team didn’t have any tools, psychologically or football-related to overcome Sergio Ramos’s goal, because after that Barca were knocked out for about 20 minutes. Why did the substitutions come so late, and all together?
“The team is broken into two ‘tectonic plates’. The midfield is non-existent: you’ve got the defence, you’ve got the forward line but there’s nothing gelling them [together].
“He’s been there for two months and it’s time to ask Koeman for explanations as to why he hasn’t been able to address those problems.
“Miralem Pjanic can be an answer for that: maybe if he plays instead of Coutinho or Pedri, he can provide more experience for the midfield.”
What do you think is in store for Koeman and his Barcelona?
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