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Koeman wants ‘much more’ from Barcelona players ahead of the new season - report

The Dutchman has also told his team to cut out mistakes

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Ronald Koeman has urged his players to improve on last season and cut out mistakes ahead of the new La Liga campaign.

The squad is currently at a pre-season training camp in Germany where Koeman spoke to his players directly about the upcoming campaign.

“This year you have to give much more,” he said, according to Diario Sport. The Dutchman also reflected on last year and added, “we were killed by specific mistakes that we cannot repeat if we want to win titles.”

Koeman came under pressure at the end of last season as Barca’s title challenge fizzled out and the team ended the season behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in the table.

President Joan Laporta eventually confirmed Koeman would stay in charge for a second year but another poor start to the season is likely to put the Dutchman in the spotlight once again.

Individual errrors, particularly in defense, were a recurring theme of last season’s campaign, while the team was also guilty of missing chances despite finishing as La Liga’s top scorers.

Barca have some tricky fixtures to negotiate in the early weeks of the campaign too. The Catalans play Real Sociedad, Athletic, Getafe, and Sevilla in their first four games of 2021-22.