Barcelona has not made an excellent start to the season as they sit in the 12th position in the league table. Koeman is trying his utmost to make the most of the available players but they are lacking the finishing prowess at the end of the attack.
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The Blaugrana could not do a successful business in the summer transfer window as Luis Suarez’s replacement is yet to be discovered. Lyon striker Memphis Depay was poised to arrive at Camp Nou on the deadline day. The deal could not go through as La Liga declined it due to the salary caps limitation.
Barcelona’s poor run of form in La Liga is balanced with the winning spree in the Champions League. Fans have been waiting for a long time to see their club snap up the European trophy and Barca is living up to the expectations as the group leader. The Catalan outfit won their last fixture against Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 at home with goals coming from club captain Lionel Messi and veteran defender Gerard Pique. However, the star of yesterday’s show was the returning Marc-Andre Ter Stegen who committed to all the shots and made sure Barca secures the 3-points.
The Barcelona manager finds flaws in a 2-1 victory
Koeman remarked about last night in a post-match interview, as per Marca. Messi provided an early advantage in Barca’s favor concerting the penalty in the 5th minute but could not extend the lead. The Dutch boss pointed out that there were more chances to score against Kyiv which were not utilized properly. Koeman lauded Ter Stegen for being a constant between the sticks turning down good attempts towards the goal. The gaffer was critical of his team’s performance without the ball defensively.
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Koeman brought up the pressing strategy, which requires the whole squad to act together but in turn, the defense line becomes high and creates a danger to concede goals. He also praised the opponents for creating a number of goal threats against them which shows why their defending was mediocre. Koeman tried to make an instant impact at the club but is gradually trying to make his presence known. Barcelona will try to rise from 8 points in 6 matches in the league to successive wins. They currently sit 9 points behind league leader Real Sociedad and 8 points behind bitter rivals Real Madrid.