Ronald Koeman spoke in the post-match press conference after tasting defeat for the first time with Barcelona. The Dutchman believes that the problem was ‘getting into a rhythm’ due to the many fouls committed by Getafe (a total of 20), and criticized VAR.
“There have been many fouls and we couldn’t get into a rhythm.Ronald Koeman (post-match press conference following Getafe-Barça)
“The referee slowed down the pace of the game and it was very difficult for us to score.
“I don’t know if there was VAR tonight.”
Koeman also explained why Coutinho did not start tonight against Getafe, praising Pedri:
“Pedri is a great player and he showed that he has the quality to play for Barça. We gave Coutinho a break because he played a lot of minutes.”Ronald Koeman (post-match press conference following Getafe-Barça)
Griezmann, who have been struggling for a long time with the Barcelona shirt — despite performing on elite level with France — was again on the radar. Koeman was already expected to use him in a different position, and so he did:
“Griezmann? I’ve said many times that we have a lot of quality upfront and the players can play in more than one position. Today we put Griezmann at 9, it’s important to be able to make those changes.”Ronald Koeman (post-match press conference following Getafe-Barça)
A lot of tough games are upcoming for Barcelona, with the Champions League group stage game against Ferencvárosi and El Clasico being the first two on the list, and Koeman will certainly need to improve.
Koeman has ruled out the departure of Junior Firpo
According to a report published by SPORT, Ronald Koeman has ruled out any and all departures from the squad in the winter transfer window – barring Matheus Fernandes -, including that of Junior Firpo to AC Milan.
The report states that Barcelona are in a sketchy position and do not want to sell any players because signing replacements is getting increasingly tough. The signing of Eric Garcia remains scheduled for the summer when he will be signed on a free transfer, while Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum seem extremely unlikely.
Firpo was linked out of Barcelona, with both Italian capital clubs – Inter Milan and AC Milan tracking his progress in Spain. A loan move to Milan with a €20 million option to buy was looking extremely realistic. Still, without reinforcements in that position, Barcelona should not be letting the Spaniard leave in the winter.
The truth is, while Barcelona are in crippling debt, and desperately require players off their wage bill, selling low-earners like Firpo seemed like a bad idea. The plan was to let go of the former-Real Betis defender and hand Alejandro Balde his debut. However, at the age of 16, that is too much pressure to knight to a player.
That said, the club is still willing to listen to offers for Matheus Fernandes, who has been deemed surplus. The Brazilian joined from Palmeiras in what was termed yet another shady deal by the long-gone Josep Bartomeu. He has registered no more than 17 minutes this season, coming on against Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League.
Matheus was not even given the chance to play against UE Cornella in the Copa del Rey and has spent 11 games on the bench this season following his lucky 17 minutes in the UCL. Deportivo Alaves are eyeing a loan move for the 22-year-old owing to their budget limitations, and Barcelona will be hoping to make this transfer a reality soon.