La Liga giants Barcelona is finding its way back on track with results in the competitive matches with new manager Ronald Koeman. His arrival has been significant to the club as there is a sense of positive vision and a perspective to improve Barcelona. The gaffer tried to help the ailing economy of the club with some sales and letting go of players who remained unused.
Koeman also changed the formation from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 and selected his squad accordingly so that there is enough depth in the team to back up every position. The Dutch manager has played his cards right to date and successfully won the debut fixture in La Liga.
His strategy reduced the pressure from Lionel Messi who had to create as well as score goals for the Catalan outfit. The creative responsibility has been outsourced to Phillipe Coutinho and Barcelona’s new number 8 Miralem Pjanic.
Koeman supporting Griezmann at Barcelona
Philipe Coutinho rediscovered his form after the loan spell at Bayern Munich where he won the treble. Koeman noticed the growth in the player and offered him the opportunity to shine for Barcelon again in his natural position. The Brazilian maestro has already netted his first goal since return along with some key passes in La Liga. Koeman is also helping big-money signing Antoine Griezmann to find the grip on his form at Camp Nou.
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The Frenchman found it hard to score goals as the previous managers did not play him at his natural position. Now that Koeman has provided him the chance, he is taking some time to build up his form and get used to the new tactics.
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The Barcelona boss applauded his performances in the opening matches in the league even though he had a silent match. Koeman looks to boost his morale and put faith in him handing over the number 7 jersey for the 2020-21 campaign.
Griezmann’s International coach Didier Deschamps claimed that he is unhappy at the Catalunya side, as per Goal. World Cup winner and former Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi also supported the claim as he thinks Antoine is having a tough time getting back to racking up goals for his club. Matuidi played down the rumours of Griezmann leaving the club to join MLS alongside him and remarked that his national teammate is still young playing for one of the best clubs in the world.