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Koeman: 'Players believe in me. If not, I couldn’t work'

Sat 12 December 2020 | 19:22

Barcelona manager excused speculations that his squad has begun to acrid on his tactics

Ronald Koeman

trusts he actually has the support of the

Barcelona

crew, whom he has urged to try sincerely and improve their absorption levels to prevent a downfall this season. 

It has been an awful week for the Blaugrana, as they slipped further off in

La Liga

with a rout at Cadiz and were pushed into the second position in

Champions League

Group G on account of a 3-0 thrashing at home by Juventus. 

Koeman's men host Levante in Camp Nou on Sunday, and the Dutchman needs to see a reaction from his players. 

“We have to improve concentration and defend with more intensity,” Koeman, who has also admitted to being concerned about the upcoming presidential polls said, according to Sport. “I’m not talking about the system. We conceded 11 goals and they are penalties, mistakes, individual errors.

“We are the team that has created the most opportunities in the league and that’s thanks to the system. We have players like [Lionel] Messi, Pedri and [Antoine] Griezmann. They need space and freedom. And we look for the best for these players with this system.

“We are in a difficult moment at the club, not only on a sporting level. There are many more things. We look for the best in every way. I see the squad is keen and wants to improve. They know where we have to go. You cannot change in two days, you have to work to improve.”

Rumors have begun to spread that Barca's changing room is starting to scrutinize former Barcelona defender's strategies, yet Koeman doesn't feel that is the situation. 

“I think the players believe in me. If not, I couldn’t work,” the former Everton and Netherlands boss said. “We are trying to improve things. There is enough time to react, but after these last few results you have to face up to it.”

Barca will start La Liga's 13th-week with 12 points behind pioneers

Atletico Madrid

, and Koeman was gruff about what is needed in the coming week.

"It is an important week with three games at home and we have to win all three,” he said of matches against Levante, Real Sociedad and Valencia.

Koeman was asked whether his players' morale has depleted, but he does not feel that is the point and dropped the discussion of bringing in external aid.

"I don't believe in psychologists and mental things,” Koeman said. “If you are at Barca you have to overcome the pressure."

 


source: SportMob

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