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Koeman attempts to light a fire under Trincao - report

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The youngster is yet to find his best form

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Francisco Trincao has had an interesting run at Barcelona thus far. The winger hasn’t really found a great place at the club as of yet, and Ronald Koeman seems to want to light a fire under him.

The Barca boss reportedly met with Trincao after the Copa del Rey win over Cornella to discuss his performance. The match overall was a bit of a struggle for Barca, and Trincao equaled that difficult performance.

Despite starting the match, he wasn’t all that productive. His overall performance wasn’t horrible, he just didn’t look effective at all and was taken off in the second half for Ousmane Dembele who went on to break the deadlock in extra-time.

The report reckons Koeman asked Trincao to improve his decision-making and “to be brave in the final third.” The coach also “reiterated his confidence” in the player despite his difficult start.

The hope from Koeman is that Trincao can improve and that Barca can find strength in depth from their squad players. A boost in performance from Trincao would be huge.