Ronald Koeman: “This Barcelona is not the same as 8 years ago”

Barcelona drew 1-1 against Granada on Monday. Ronald Koeman has come under scrutiny as his side took a direct approach late in the game to find the equalizer.

Ronald Koeman responded to the criticism of Barcelona’s style of play under him by saying, “this is not the Barcelona of eight years ago”.

Barcelona played 54 crosses in total in the match against Granada. It is their second-highest tally in a single La Liga game since the 2005/06 season.

Ronald Koeman made played center-backs Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo as make-shift center forwards late in the game to rescue a point against Granada. Araujo scored a last-minute equalizer to rescue a 1-1 draw at home to Granada on Monday night.

Koeman after the match said,

“We changed our style a little bit. If you see the list of players, what do you do? Play tiki-taka? Tiki-taka when there are no spaces? We did what we had to do and we tried to win another way. don’t have players one-on-one or with speed. ‘re talking… I’m not going to say more because it seems I have to argue about everything.”

Ronald Koeman under pressure

Barcelona is known for an attractive style of football which is based on the ideas of Cruyff and polished by Pep Guardiola. The fact that they had to go very direct has stirred criticism amongst the supporters and media.

Koeman added:

“We know it’s maybe not Barcelona’s football, but this Barcelona is not that of eight years ago.”

Just 27,000 supporters were at the Nou Camp for the match despite 40,000 people being allowed. Moreover, the fans that were left at full time whistled the Barcelona players as they walked off.

Barcelona is reportedly considering options to replace Koeman as head coach, with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and former midfielder Xavi linked with the job.

Asked about the increasing pressure on his immediate future at the club, Koeman said:

“I am not going to talk anymore about my future.”

Barcelona is in seventh place on eight points, five behind leaders Real Madrid who have played a game more.

 

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