Usman Dembele rarely got a pat on the back earlier this week as it looks like he’s been working out on his off day. Knowledgeable television operator Louis Canutt points out: he doesn’t appear alone, he has accepted additional work from Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona’s new coach has rocked a squad of angry and deprived players of the motivation it inherited when he took office, earning respect from the same players in the process.
The task manager, nicknamed “Sergeant Coman”, has a habit of not kicking lightly when he first walks into the new dressing room, but Barcelona players knew when he replaced Quique Setien three months ago that things had to change.
Thomas Müller said when Bayern beat Barça 8-2 in the Champions League quarter-finals: “Before the game started, we warmed up 10 minutes before they appeared. They looked very calm.
The condemnation of Barça’s lack of intensity before the club’s most embarrassing result in Europe is something that makes all players want a fresh start with a more disciplined approach.
Koeman returned to training in the days of the Olympics. That’s what Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique emphasized when they won three times in their first few seasons.
Lawyers say that every player in the group will be wary if they don’t dump players before they have to. In addition, figure coaches can quickly finish off free kicks and corners before they need to practice on the pitch.
This is not the only method Guardiola / Luis Enrique has recovered from.
Players will now have to spend 24 hours in Joan Gamper’s training area at the club one hour before training starts.
Dembele has broken this new rule. Some argued in his defense that he was only 10 minutes late and therefore still at the venue 50 minutes before the start of the session, but this was not ruled out by Koeman, who wanted the players to finish their work well before training. Meeting.
Far from alienating the team with new rules, the players are happy with it. When Ernesto Valverde was replaced in January, sporting director Eric Abidal said some players “didn’t work” for Valverde.
The comment was remembered for having Lionel Messi openly criticize Abidal on social media and ask him to name or he would doubt the whole group.
Messi’s anger stems from the fact that he is a Valverde supporter. Apparently, some of the older players had made a fuss about training, which later reflected in their performances. Abidal found nothing. Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique are two of those who believe the team needs a new push.
Trying to meet Coman in January or Mauricio Pochettino or Xavi, the board failed to achieve any of its objectives and had to turn to Setien, who never won the respect of the squad and whose rules therefore inevitably lead to more – a slightly intense atmosphere around him. Training sessions and games.
Koeman sped things up. He put missiles on some and arms on others’ shoulders. Philippe Coutinho was told he had a future at Barcelona and he was moved to his preferred position just behind the striker for the first four games of the season.
The same thing was said by Antoine Griezmann, although not everyone is able to meet the demand for favorite position at the same time. Coutinho did well against Sevilla and scored a goal. Griezmann missed an opportunity to finish the game and Koeman admitted it after the match.
Perhaps because of his ancestry as a former European Cup and La Liga champion with Barcelona, this openness is accepted by everyone, including those who have been criticized.
This is the coach who disappointed almost everyone at Valencia in 2008. In a recent interview with Sportsmail, Joaquin couldn’t even name Koeman when he mentioned the manager who ran him at Valencia.
But today Koeman is charming to everyone and alienates almost anyone. Even Messi.
The Barcelona captain wants to win first and foremost and he loves the way the team has played in the first four games of the season.
The new 4-2-3-1 system is currently working for him. He starts as team leader but has permission to drop to 10th or swerve to the right.
Messi longs for another serious project that will bring him new success in the Champions League. He was still annoyed by Luis Suarez’s departure, but since the Uruguayan made it clear it was not Coman’s decision to continue.
Koeman still has many battles ahead of him. It is clear that Messi’s priorities have shifted towards Argentina in recent months. He was committed to Barcelona and happy with Koeman, but things have gone so badly that he is now happy to play 180 minutes for his country when he was the first to commit to Barcelona in the past.
Will Koman start Messi on Saturday after his exploits in Bolivia? How do you handle left-back for this weekend’s game against Getafe and when the first mistakes come things will fall apart?
This is a hurdle to overcome, as Koeman believes for now that he has overcome the biggest hurdle – building relationships with teams that come out of the terrible Champions League and the ensuing circus that takes place over the summer and pre-season. closed, shaken. So far so good.