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Papers: Ronald Koeman faces the media in an honest interview

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This morning, the papers are still all over Ronald Koeman’s recent interview with SPORT. The Dutch coach has decided to face the media and talk about various different topics surrounding the club. Of course, special focus was put on his players as he discussed who needs to work on what in order to improve, both personally and for the team as a whole.

SPORT and Mundo Deportivo both went with a rather similar cover for that very reason. Both papers shared some of the most interesting quotes to come out of the gaffer, including the ones on Lionel Messi, the Champions League, Antoine Griezmann and the academy.

Koeman claims Barcelona are a better club with Leo at their side and that the Argentine is motivated to remain the best and win trophies with the Blaugrana. When it comes to triumphing in Europe, however, they will have to improve – a lot.

At this moment in time, there’s no denying that the likes of Bayern Munich are still ahead of them. However, they are changing things bit by bit – the youth players are getting more chances, the team is training better and there’s a breath of fresh air within the squad.

Of course, he had to mention the absence of Ansu Fati, which will undoubtedly hurt the team. The youngster has been a crucial part of Koeman’s plans and will be sorely missed for the following four to five months.

With the transfer window approaching, the Dutchman also confirmed Barcelona will dip their toes into the market, if such an opportunity arises that is. After all, their squad is still incomplete and a forward and a centre-back are on the agenda.

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