Barcelona has experienced big problems in the past few months, everything has somehow gone downhill since the debacle in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and a heavy defeat by Bayern (2: 8). There were stories about the departure of Lionel Messi, the Argentine eventually stayed, so president Josep Maria Bartomeu had to pack his bags.
The Catalans sold several important players like Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, and Arturo Vidal just to get rid of their big salaries, problems pop up on all sides, and just when they made a series of good results (tied three wins with a goal difference of 11: 0), followed by a shocking defeat in Cadiz (1: 2).
Now, Ronald Koeman and his team are facing another difficult task, they will play against Juventus at the Camp Nou in the last round of the Champions League (Tuesday, 21.00). The situation is quite clear, Barça is first in the group with 15 points, the Bianconeri have three less, the Catalans were better in the first match in Turin and they are in a great position to win a place in the knockout phase from the first position.
Juventus needs to win 3-0, they are not in good shape, so it seems that Barça is safe as far as the first place is concerned. Ronald Koeman still wants to win. "Our goal is to try to win and do it in the right way.
We want to be first in the group in the Champions League. We celebrated 2: 0 on their field and we have a good chance to be first," the Dutchman explained briefly.
The Barcelona coach takes full responsibility after the defeat by Cadiz in the 12th round of the Primera, but he also points out that he is angry, because he cannot stand defeats.
"The responsibility is always in the hands of the coach. He makes decisions and chooses the best team. Now we have to think about the rotations and freshness of the team. But the biggest responsibility is in the hands of the coach.
We are not happy." "We have to analyze defeat, the difference is when you lose a game like on Saturday, and when you lose away against Atletico, because how they mark us, how they create opportunities ... I don't like to act, I'm angry, I said that to the players at yesterday's match, when you're in Barça, you can't come to terms with goals like we received in several games ", stated Ronald Koeman.
He complained, however, about the tight schedule that led to the injuries of some important players. Ansu Fati has been out for a while, and now Ousmane Dembele has been injured. "It's a shame we lost another player due to injury.
He felt something in the second half but didn't think it was something serious. Still, this is another step backward. He's made a lot of physical progress, we know he had a history of injuries and that he wants to recover.
That's another reason I'm complaining about the schedule." "If you have to play the Champions League on Tuesday night, you can't come home at four o'clock after midnight. We played five away matches, all five at nine in the evening.
It doesn't help the Spanish teams at all." " We miss players, some important people. With Ansu and Dembele we had depth on the wings and now we have to look at what's best for the team and take care of the freshness. Tomorrow we will do the last training and get a complete team. We want to be the first ", the Dutch expert is clear.