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Ronald Koeman talks ahead of the Juventus clash

Alexandre Patanian

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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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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

Udhav Arora

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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