Koeman asks for more: "We have to improve to face LaLiga with guarantees"

The Dutch coach spoke to the club's official media in the preview of the Gamper premiere to recognize that the team still has a long way to go.


Ronald Koeman was expectant and to a certain extent a bit uneasy before the third friendly of the preseason, especially considering that within a week the team returns to the official competition. "It is our last friendly, a good game because we played it against a Pimera team and it will help us to evaluate how we are in the physical issue and also in the game and in quality. We have to go further and improve to face LaLiga with guarantees ", the Dutch coach assumed this Friday to the official club media.

Koeman, who announced that the Bosnian Miralem Pjanic "will enter the list" and that "he will surely play a few minutes, even if he is not 100%", regretted that a tournament as prestigious as Gamper is played this time with empty stands: "I have always thought that football must be played with the public. It is a pity what we are not playing to live, but we have to accept it. It will be a special game, but it is evident that with the field full it would be very different" .

The Blaugrana coach insisted that the team is progressing adequately despite the fact that the circumstances of the pandemic prevent it from working with traditional methods: "In the three weeks that we have been, we have improved a lot in the physical aspect and this week we have insisted more on the tactical one. Some things have already been seen against Girona and now he hopes that a more complete match will be seen against Elche, at least the ones we have played so far ".

Koeman acknowledged that it was "a special challenge" to be able to be once again at the Camp Nou, underlining that it will be a match to draw the first conclusions and "start looking forward now" .

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