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Ronald Koeman talks ahead of the Juventus clash

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After a lacklustre week in charge of Barcelona, Ronald Koeman will face Juventus on Wednesday. The Dutchman has had a rough patch of form in charge of the Culés and now faces yet another tough opponent away from home. Ahead of that fixture, the former Everton coach attended the press conference and didn’t take back his words from his most recent one after the Madrid game.

Asked about the El Clasico loss on Saturday, Koeman insisted that his side played good football for at least 60 minutes, up until the penalty Clément Lnelget conceded in the 60th minute. Here, the Dutch coach refused to hold back on VAR after he lashed out big criticism towards the new technology. However, Koeman might get a big sanction for his words on Saturday and perhaps he has gone too far with his criticism.

“We played very well against Madrid for 60 minutes, up to the penalty.”

Ronald Koeman in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Juventus game

Koeman also spoke about his start to life in Catalonia and compared it a bit to Pirlo’s start at Juventus. He first said that he knew from the beginning that this wouldn’t be an easy job. He also stated that he intends to change many things at Camp Nou. Also, he spoke about Juve’s start and admitted that they were also struggling. The Catalan coach refused to speak of Andrea Pirlo as a manager as he hasn’t done anything notable as of today. Still, he defended the Italian, and perhaps himself too, by saying that new coaches must have time to adapt.

“Juventus has started the season a bit like us. A new manager always needs some time to adapt and transform the team.”

Ronald Koeman in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Juventus game

Ronald Koeman also praised Juve’s midfield and acknowledged some of their most dangerous players in Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata. Hopefully, the Dutchman knows how to tame those threats and wins the game away from home.

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