La Liga Giants Barcelona seems steady ahead of La Liga as new manager Koeman reveals plans for the upcoming season.
Barcelona is looking forward to the start of the new season after a good win at the pre-season. The Catalan club has come past a period of unrest in the last few months. Setien’s Barca failed to perform and lost all openings ending the season trophyless.
Club captain Lionel Messi wanted to leave after a dismal performance in the Champions League quarter-finals. The 2-8 loss to Bayern lowered the morale of the team.
In spite of the lack of faith in the board, Messi stayed at Camp Nou. Ex-Barca Ronald Koeman replaced Quique Setien as the manager. President Josep Maria Bartomeu continued his reign at the office trying to make a point before the election next year.
The team can bounce back and gain momentum as La Liga restarts. Barcelona is going through reconstruction. Koeman is yet to finalize his squad for the current season. He let the board know his decision depends on how players perform in pre-season.
Griezmann, Coutinho, and Dembele scored in the fixture against Gimnastic. This shows a positive response before the team gets competitive. The former Everton manager is considering every aspect with players leaving this summer. Veteran midfielder Ivan Rakitic has left for Sevilla and Inter Milan might snap up Arturo Vidal ahead of Paris Saint Germain.
Barcelona has made only two signings this season. Francisco Trincao arrived from SC Braga. The Portuguese youngster shows a lot of promise with much-attacking prowess. Miralem Pjanic joins a pre-season contract from Juventus. The 30-year-old midfielder can control the possession with his passing technique.
Koeman to try a defensive approach
The Dutch gaffer seems pretty confident in terms of tactical awareness. Goal reveals that Koeman is going to apply a different approach in the game plan. In his last match, he used a 4-2-3-1 formation rotating the whole squad at halftime. Presumably, there seems to build up a double pivot in the middle of the park.
Carles Alena and Sergio Busquets opened the fixture in the midfield. Respectively, Frenkie and Puig replaced the duo in the second half of the match. Koeman stressed that he wants the team to develop an attack. The versatility in the squad will prevail as well.
Miralem Pjanic will excel in such a position with his vision. Therefore, the Bosnian can create chances from his own half providing long balls. Moreover, wingers Dembele and Fati will benefit from such passes and vertical plays. Also, Lionel Messi can play much openly with Pjanic taking on creative abilities.
The six-time Balon D’Or winner bore the captain’s armband with much happiness after the transfer saga. Moreover, he looked happy as the little magician hit the pitch.
Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal missed the friendly fixture. Probably, there are the two players are edging on their exit from Camp Nou. Barcelona will face Villareal on September 26 in their first match in the league.