Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has given an interview to Sport where he’s been talking about the current Barcelona team and two flaws he sees in the current set-up.
The Dutchman says Barcelona struggle to maintain intensity for 90 minutes and also thinks they no longer dominate matches in the way they used to do.
Here’s what he’s had to say when asked about what defects the current team has:
“One, intensity. Like it or not, today the top teams play at a very intense rhythm for the 90 minutes. Barca find it hard to maintain that. We saw it in the famous Liverpool game, but in the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico this year. Barca were superior for 80 minutes, they disconnected the last 10 and Atletico, fresher and more intense, won.
And the other?
“They don’t dominate games like in previous years. In that aspect Barca have to get their identity back, that’s part of their DNA> they’ve always had control, but a more effective control.”
Source | Sport
Koeman has been linked with taking charge at Barcelona at some point in the future and has a clause in his contract that allows him to depart for the Camp Nou.
He was asked about his future once again and said that although it remains his “dream” to coach Barcelona “he will be with the national team at least until after the 2021 Euros.”