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Koeman: Benfica clash is the second of six, it cannot be decisive

Tue 28 September 2021 | 12:34

The Blaugrana had a mixed beginning in La Liga this season and they were also defeated at the hands of Bayern Munich in their first Champions League clash.

Ronald Koeman

believes

Barcelona

’s

Champions League

clash against

Benfica

can not be considered as decisive in Group E’s early stages.

The Blaugrana started the Champions League on the wrong foot as they suffered a thumping defeat by

Bayern Munich

.

Barca are aiming to prevent their second clash from coming down to a defeat for only the second time in the club’s history, as they have lost UEFA Cup’s first round clash against Porto in both legs during the 1972-73 season.

However, Ronald Koeman felt really confident before their clash against Levante as they won 3-0 on Sunday, while also insisting that they ‘must’ win Wednesday’s clash.

"Impossible, it is the second of six, it cannot be decisive," Koeman initially responded to reporters on Tuesday before outlining his intentions.

"Barcelona always plays to win the game. Our intention is to control, have the ball and look for spaces with the players we have.

"We expect a difficult game. I know the atmosphere that can be in the stadium and the strength that [Benfica] have at home.

"They play at home, and they will have the environment in their favour, they will try attack to win. It is not a team that plays not to lose. And we have the same intention at home or away, to take control of the game to win."

Koeman stays secretive on whether Ansu Fati will make an appearance. Memphis Depay met the back of the net in the clash against Benfica and he is going to feature again this Wednesday.

Blaugrana centre-back Ronald Araujo is supporting his side to challenge in the Champions League as well as La Liga no matter who the Dutch tactician will choose.

"

We are Barcelona, and we have to aspire to all the titles,"

Araujo told reporters.

"We cannot go to see what happens, we have to go to win and try to win as many titles as we can.

"It's an important game against a great rival, but we are going to win. We come from a great game at the weekend and I think that's the way to go. We have to go for the three points."


source: SportMob

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