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Koeman talks following Barcelona’s loss against Getafe

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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.


“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.”

Ronald Koeman (post-match press conference following Getafe-Barça)

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.

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    Salisuaminu

    17/10/2020 at 23:18

    Barca what is happen

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    twum

    18/10/2020 at 12:53

    Koeman is still puzzling, which isn’t a bad thing. Griezmann wanted to play as striker? Well, he had his chance and failed. Same with Dembele. I think those two should be sold in the January window. They should have been sold in the summer and Barca should have kept Luis Suarez. He would have fit perfectly into this system with Messi behind him or coming from the right side.

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      2011Culer

      18/10/2020 at 22:01

      Dembouz hasn’t played a competitive game in almost a year 😐 calm down

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Ronaldo to miss Barcelona clash after testing positive for COVID-19 again

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As per a report published by Correio da Manhā and relayed by Marca, Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for Coronavirus for the second time and as a result, will miss the clash against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.

Ronaldo had tested for the virus earlier this month during the International break in the build-up to the game against Sweden but had enough time to complete isolation and return in time to face Barcelona as part of the second matchday of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League.

Juventus have already taken on the field twice in the absence of the 35-year-old, drawing the game 1-1 against Crotone, while registering a 2-0 win against Dynamo Kiev for their Champions League opener on Tuesday.

However, the report states that the viral load shows very fewer values, and Juventus will use this as a plea to send to UEFA, in an attempt to allow a test 48 hours before the game. The game, while a clash of two European supergiants, will a lose a lot of glimmer in the absence of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. It would have been the first time that Lionel Messi and Ronaldo came across each other since May 2018.

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