Ronald Koeman faced the press on Saturday to talk all things Barcelona ahead of their next match against Osasuna at the Camp Nou.
The Dutch boss discussed Sunday’s opponents, the club’s injury problems, Carles Alena’s form and of course Diego Maradona.
Here are the best bits:
Koeman on Osasuna
We need the three points. A difficult game awaits us, they are going to defend well. We have to create opportunities and score. We’ve spoken about the opponents, yes they did a good match last season, but this is another season.
Koeman on Busquets
We need to look at how he’ll be tomorrow. We’ve seen him training normally today but we have to wait until tomorrow to see if he’s fit to play.
Koeman on Dest
Dest trained well today, but tomorrow we know for sure. Today we’ve talked about who will play there if Dest can’t play. It isn’t serious because he did the session today. But he came back really tired after Kiev and had some problems in his leg. We need to make a decision and we are not willing to take risks with him because we know in his position at that minute there are injuries. If he’s OK he will start, if we have doubts he won’t.
Koeman on Messi and De Jong
They had a good rest, they were the ones who had played almost everything, as with their national team. In order not to get into physical problems we decided to leave them at home. Hopefully tomorrow they can offer the best of them with freshness because We need them.
Koeman on Maradona
We know that will affect us and the Argentinian players because we can only imagine how big Maradona was for them. It will affect them in the sense they will want to show their quality on the pitch, and that’s the best thing we can do to remember Maradona.
Koeman on Alena
January things I can’t speak about now. The system change cost him a bit at the beginning of the season but he is improving a lot to be a pivot for this team. He is changing things he needs to be a Barça player in midfield. He plays very intensely, very defensively. I need to give him time to keep improving.
Koeman on Mingueza
Mingueza has a lot of chances to play due to the injuries we have.
Koeman on UCL vs La Liga form
It is not easy to explain why. Sometimes you get games in which you dominate more, in the league it has cost us with more teams that play more close in defense and in the Champions League sometimes more open. At the end of the season we can decide what are we missing. I think that in the league we did not deserve to lose so many points and in the Champions League, I think that winning against Juve gave us confidence and made us more relaxed.