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Sergeant Koeman? Barcelona players feeling the difference in training under new coach

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Things are different under the new boss, and the locker room has noticed it

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Ronald Koeman is not messing around as Barcelona manager. He’s wanted the job his entire career, he wants to set the tone right away, and his players are already noticing the difference.

In fact, the coach already has a nickname: Sergeant Koeman.

That’s according to a report from Marca, which claims that the players are discussing among themselves how things have changed with Koeman in charge of training. For example, he’s increased the length of training sessions from 60 to 90 minutes, and he’s demanding full intensity from all the players, something that was missing under Ernesto Valverde and especially Quique Setién.

Koeman also wants to establish discipline and accountability with the team, demanding that all players are on the pitch at the scheduled time for start of training, not allowing anyone to waste time in the dressing room and delay the session by even a minute.

Barça fans should be encouraged to see a demanding, disciplined coach in charge. We don’t know what the tactics or results will be, but Koeman is not letting the players run the place. At least for now.