This isn't Barcelona Of Eight Years Ago, Koeman Admits - Waffi Tv

This isn’t Barcelona Of Eight Years Ago, Koeman Admits

Waffi TVSeptember 21, 2021

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has admitted that his current squad is not as destructive as that of eight years ago when the Catalans dominated La Liga.

Koeman has been reportedly under fire since the 3-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich over the week but they managed to secure a draw against Granada on Monday night.

Ronald Araujo spared Koeman a back to back home defeat by netting a late equaliser to cancel Domingos Duarte’s early opener.

Reacting after the game, Koeman rued the missed points but revealed why the team had to settled for the result as reported by Marca.

“Look at our squad list,” Koeman said after the game, when quizzed about Barcelona’s setup and style.

“We did what we could. We don’t have the players from the tiki-taka days. We have to play with our own style.

“I think we did well and, with some more time, we could have won. The basic system was 4-3-3 in the first half, then I had to make changes based on what I had on the bench.

“This isn’t the Barcelona of eight years ago. That’s the way it is.

“With Ansu [Fati] and [Ousmane] Dembele it’s different because we have more depth.”

“There were no spaces,” Koeman added. “They defended with a lot of players back. At least we levelled, but it’s too bad we dropped two points.

“You can’t be happy with a draw against Granada.

“We fought and did well in the second half. But from the second minute they wasted time, and that has to change.

“We lost a lot of time for nonsense, and injuries that weren’t injuries. The referee has to cut this out before the 88th minute.”

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