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Ronald Koeman has been presented this Wednesday as the new coach of FC Barcelona. The Dutchman, who is a legend as a player at the club, signs until 2022 and faces the important challenge of restructuring the squad.
“It’s a dream to have you back home,” she said. Bartomeu in his opening words of introduction to the new coach, recalling the magical night at Wembley in which Barça won their first European Cup with Koeman on the pitch.
“I thank you for accepting the challenge because these are not easy momentsWe all know it, “added the Barça president.
“Today is a day to be very happy and proud. Everyone knows what Barça is for me, it is my home, and I will have the opportunity to coach this great team. It is not easy and they are not good times and also this club always demands the maximum“, assured Koeman in his first words as Barcelona coach.
“These are not good times, you have to make changes and not give that image again. Nobody wants to give that image in the club. We will work hard, there are still players here with a lot of quality, “he added.
“Have the ball and win the game”
Koeman made a statement of intent: “I am Dutch and as a Dutchman I want to have the ball, but in the end the important thing is to win the game,” he explained.
“If there are decisions to be made, we will make decisions. Always looking for the best for the club. Starting today, we are going to work, “added the coach.
“I don’t want to talk about specific names out of respect for the players,” he explained, questioned by the players who must leave the club.
“I don’t know if I have to convince Messi”
“I don’t know if I have to convince Messi that you stay … I’m so happy if you want to stay. He is a Barcelona player and has a contract. He is the best in the world and you want the best in your team, “he commented on the Barça captain.
“If I say here what I’m going to say to Messi, I won’t have to meet him”, added, refusing to advance what it has thought to say to him to the Barcelona ’10’.
“A player with 32 or 33 years is not finished”
“I do not have to change the backbone of the club, a player with 32 or 33 years does not have to be finished. It is about hunger. There are players with 20 who are not hungry, but I only want to work with people who want to continue here, who want to give the maximum for Barça “, he said forcefully.
“I’m not talking about players who are not here”
As for possible signings, Koeman did not want to talk about players who are not in the club: “We’ll see,” he just said. Although, as Bartomeu has advanced in recent days, and with the help of the new technical secretary, Ramón Planes, Koeman will have to make a deep restructuring of the squad.
The fateful game against Bayern
“I feel very sad, like all the Catalans, you cannot give that image, it is not the image we want. But after that sad day we will have different days,” he commented.
The unknown of Luis Suárez
“I don’t want to talk individually about players, Messi is different because he is also the captain. There are players who have contracts and decisions have to be made, but first I want to talk to the players. I don’t like to talk about it before with the press out of respect for the players, “he explained about the future of the Uruguayan striker, questioned, who still has a year left on his contract.