It is the final, the second, of Ronald Koeman as Barça coach. In January he lost the first to Athletic de Marcelino , the same rival who is now in the Copa del Rey. The Dutch coach fell in the Super Cup, needing, perhaps more now than before, a title that strengthens his work.
“It’s a bit strange,” said the coach when questioned about his future after chaining “a streak of 19 games without losing” until the defeat in the classic. “We have lost a game and I have to talk about my future. Perhaps, I have to accept it, but I do not agree. You must do your job and you have to talk to the people of the club,” he recalled, indicating that “to win the end is important for the club. ”
In that sense, Koeman has explained that he has “one year left on his contract”, assuming that he already knew what he was up against. “I accept it, I take on the job of the coach and I know it is a great pressure. And I can handle it, although, sometimes, it is a bit strange.”
“Ratification? I don’t need this. We have already spoken, he has already shown me his confidence. Every time there is something in the press, should a president show his confidence? I know where I am. You have to win things,” said Koeman, remembering that, despite the difficulties, the team has reached that final cup. “I know that I am in the club and despite the economic difficulties, it is a final and you have to win it, the rest does not count,” he said.
“In January, the situation of the team was worse. We have improved many things. I never think about my future if I win or lose a game,” he says.
Barça has not won anything for two years. It has also become a club that has lost the last two finals: the Copa del Rey in 2019, then with Valverde as coach, against Valencia, precisely with Marcelino on the bench .
And he saw the Super Cup vanish in the last gasp of regulation time with that goal by Villalibre, prior to that of Iñaki Williams at the start of the extension that took away his first title from Koeman. “This is a winning club and we have the opportunity to prove it again.”
“We have to put in a lot of energy to win. In the last two games, the team lost a little bit of energy, especially when we didn’t have the ball. Maybe it could be because of the stoppage, but this is not an excuse. We have to be on our side. best level to be able to win, “commented the coach.
I hammered, ready
It is something more than a Cup for the Barça coach. And even for Messi, who ended up being sent off in the Super Cup final . They both need a title. And Barça, too. For Joan Laporta , in addition, it would be to debut with a trophy when he has barely been directing the club for a month and a half, pending the future of the Argentine star .
“I do not see Messi especially motivated because every day he is a great professional who wants to improve in each training session,” said the coach, appealing for Barça to find “the weapons” of his game. And with Piqué, already recovered. “He was a bit fair for the classic, with few training sessions. But he did it this week,” he said.
In this regard, Koeman recalled that “Barça is a team that always attacks”, so it must be attentive in defensive surveillance. “You have to think if we are well placed when we lose the ball. But the quality of this team is to be hungry to attack. That is good if the defensive organization is correct.”
Therefore, Koeman insists on the need to return Barça to the path of success. “In January, the situation of the team was worse. We have improved many things. I never think about my future if I win or lose a game.”