Ronald Koeman confronted the press ahead of Wednesday night’s big clash against Real Society at the Camp Nou.
The Barcelona boss offered updates on the suitable woman of Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati, spoke about the lack of playing time of Riqui Puig and of course the opponents on Wednesday.
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Koeman at Real Society
They are a good team. You can tell they’ve been playing together for a few years. I like how they play. I am aware that we will have to play well, with faith and possession to cause them problems. I think it will be an open match, last year it was open. Both teams want to have the ball and press so I’m looking forward to a nice, open game.
Koeman on team spirit
I haven’t been with them in a long time but I see a good atmosphere in the dressing room and in the training sessions, I don’t see a problem between them. Yesterday they celebrated at Ciutat Esportiva after training before Christmas, and the atmosphere is good, there was a lot of noise.
Koeman on Riqui Puig
There is always some interest from the press because he is a self-made player and he doesn’t play much. But we’re not talking about the fact that only one player doesn’t get minutes, there are many. We are a strong squad and only 11 can play, based on training and attitude.
Koeman on Frenkie de Jong
He has always been a player with responsibility for a crowd play, but he has other qualities to be more offensive as he is very fast with the ball and can break lines with the ball. We are working on that with him. We want him to be more important in the final third.
Koeman on Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane trains individually. He is not yet part of the group and I will not give a resale. Hopefully soon, because he’s a player we need.
Koeman on Pjanic
We talked last week about what needs to be improved, I like his attitude, it wouldn’t be good if he was happy. He should be unhappy and work hard to get opportunities to play.
Koeman on Ansu Fati
With these types of injuries, it’s hard to know when you can come back. He works every day on the club’s facilities to get better, but it depends on how he progresses. We can’t risk, especially because of his age, it’s a lot of time.
Koeman on Mingueza
Right now he’s a first-team player, he’s training with us, he’s had some injury issues, but he’s providing competition for the middle backs. He is a young player with a future on this team.
Koeman on Messi matching Pele’s record
These are impressive figures, we won’t find another player who gives so much to this club, which is why he is number 1. Again everything he has done for this club is incredible.