Ronald Koeman spoke with the media after FC Barcelona’s victory against Elche this past Wednesday. The Dutchman referred, among other things, to the change of Miralem Pjanic at half-time to give entry to Ousmane Dmebélé. A variation that suited the team very well due to the change in the system that it entailed, but which left the Tuzla midfielder pointed out.
It gives the impression that the Barcelona coach does not like the Bosnian, since he is counting on him much less than expected and when he plays he is always replaced. Despite that, the coach justified his decision at a press conference and made it clear that he has nothing personal against the former Bianconero. His replacement was for the good of Barça, since he believed that it was necessary to play with one less medium to improve.
“Miralem has to improve the rhythm of the ball, know his position … But always, if you change a player, it seems that he is the culprit. It is not like that. The others have not put more rhythm of the game either, but we have preferred that Leo He played ten and opened Ousmane. And that’s why we have removed Pjanic, “said the Dutchman to explain why he sent the Balkan to the bench at half-time.
In addition, he also referred to the first time of his own in general, which left much to be desired. However, for the coach it was not a lack of attitude, but of dynamism and play. “There was a lack of rhythm in the game, that does not depend on the attitude. We wanted to play a good game from the beginning, but sometimes things don’t go well for you. We are not machines, we are human. But the team has shown its personality and his desire in the first part, “he defended.
After a very weak first half, Koeman changed things at rest and put the batteries to his players, just as Leo Messi tried to do with his gestures in the first half. Everyone has seen that we lacked intensity and rhythm of the ball, and it is good that Messi as captain asks for more intensity. I was unhappy with the pace of the game, with our play with the ball, which was slow. And then the defense went way backwards. We have improved in the second part. We scored three goals and we were able to do more, “he said.
Koeman defended and praised Leo Messi
Finally, he defended Messi and made it clear that when he referred to the fact that veterans should show their faces, he was not referring to him. “If I talk about the elders, it is not because of Leo because his effectiveness is impressive. There are more players who must make a difference and he has shown again that he is important for this team,” he concluded, praising the ’10’ after his double against the people of Elche.