Ronald Koeman has had a pretty interesting start as Barcelona manager. He was able to get some of the players he wanted into the club in the transfer window, but due to the constraints that COVID-19 has placed on the Barca budget, the club couldn’t move for all their targets.
Koeman chatted a bit about Barca’s current squad and why they couldn’t get some of the players in that they wanted.
“I am happy with the squad that we have. We have tried to improve: With some things we’ve done that, and others we haven’t, but that’s also partly due to the club’s financial situation. We have to accept it and work hard.”
Koeman | Source
He then talked about a few of the new players at Barca and their performance. Specifically, Pedri, Trincão, Pjanić, Dest, Araujo, and Riqui.
“Pedri and Trincão have been working since day 1, performing well. Pedri is only 17 and I love how he is working, training and playing. Trincão is also adapting quickly to our ideas, and he is a young player with a great future ahead of him.
“Pjanić has arrived here a little later, but he will gradually get up to full fitness. He has a lot of quality. Dest looked very comfortable in his 20 minutes against Sevilla.
“Araujo has a great future ahead of him. He is physically strong and pretty fast. He is a kid who wants to learn. He is always open to learning new things. He has things to improve, which is normal at his age.
“Riqui has decided to stay. If his performance is there, then he will have opportunities to play.”
Koeman | Source
Most of the Barca first team are away on international duty but the rest have been given a few days off by Koeman. They are due back on Monday to start preparing for the trip to Getafe.