After a 1-0 win against Elche at the Camp Nou, Barça coach Ronald Koeman spoke to the media about various topics. Here is what he had to say.
“Today is a special day for me because it’s my first day at the Camp Nou coaching Barça. I hope we can continue winning when the fans return.” Koeman said with a smile on his face.
“I’m very happy with Coutinho’s level and performance. He’s a great player who works hard.”
On his team’s performance
“We saw the players getting tired towards the end of the game. We’re still in pre-season, so it’s normal.”
On the rumors surrounding Riqui Puig
“I told Riqui that it would be difficult for him to get consistent minutes at Barça. Youngsters need to play continuously in order to improve. He has a huge future at Barcelona, so a loan deal might work for him. I did not tell Puig that I won’t count on him. I advised him to go out on loan to get more minutes.”
On Puig, Pedri and Aleñá
“Pedri, Aleñá, and Riqui face a lot of competition in their positions. They need regular minutes.”
Ten Barça attackers are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team
The renowned magazine France Football has brought the nominees for the attacking positions for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team lineup to light. The line-up is structured as a 3-4-3, with left-wing, centre-forward, and right-wing positions in the attack. Of the 30 nominees for the offensive positions, ten players have had the opportunity to defend the Blaugranas colours.
List of the ten Barça attackers that are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team
- Rivaldo. Left-wing. 1989-2015.
- Thierry Henry. Left-wing. 1994-2014.
- Histro Stoichkov. Left-wing. 1982-2003.
- Ronaldinho. Left-wing. 1998-2015.
- Johan Cruyff. Centre-forward. 1964-1984.
- Romário. Centre-forward. 1985-2009.
- Ronaldo Nazario. 1993-2011.
- Samuel Eto’o. Right-wing. 1997-2019.
- Lionel Messi. Right-wing. 2003-2020.
- Luis Figo. Right-wing. 1990-2009.
Without a doubt, each of the players on the list has played an important role with different stories in the history of FC Barcelona, and all the nominees deserve a place in the team. However, it will be nearly impossible to have a front-three of Barça’s players due to the great competition in each position.
Even though France Football is recognizing the greatness of the aforementioned legends, the magazine has lost huge credibility for Culés, with players like Luis Suárez, Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, and Gerard Piqué failing to receive a nomination for the ‘Dream Team’.
Source: France Football