Ronald Koeman and Ansu Fati in a training


Koeman leaves the titularity of Ansu in the air: "He trained well, but we'll see"

Published:28/09/2021 - 15:00h

Updated:28/09/2021 - 15:57h

Ronald Koeman appeared before the media before Benfica-FC Barcelona this Wednesday. The Dutchman spoke about the Champions League match against the Portuguese and hinted that Ansu Fati will not start

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Ronald Koeman spoke this Tuesday in press conference on the Benfica, rival of the FC Barcelona this Wednesday in the second day of the phase of groups of the Champions League. "I do not know if it is the team more in shape, but know that it is a strong team, have the experience to know the big that is the club. It will be a beautiful party, with two distinct styles, need to obtain a good result and think that can expect an interesting party", aimed.

The technician insisted in the strong points of the Portuguese and insisted in that it will not be a simple meeting. "We have to try cancel his speed to go out. We know that the Benfica is dangerous in the contragolpes, therefore it is important to have the balloon and if we lose it, be very organised in defence. We expect a party complicated, know the environment that can have in the field and the strength that has home", affirmed.

"The Barça always plays to win the party, gives the same home or went"

In spite of the difficulty of the duel, Koeman left clear that the Barça will go out to win and to dominate from the first minute. "Always it is well have respect by the contrary, but if the referee pita, it is necessary to try lose this respect. They play home and go to have the environment to his favour, will try to attack to win. The Barça always plays to win the party, gives the same home or went. Our intention is to control, have the balloon and look for spaces with the players that have", commented.

On the other hand, it left to fall that Ansu Fati, the big protagonist of the party in front of the Raise by his goal and his comeback, will not be to title in Lisbon and will go out in the second part. "The player was very tired during the day of yesterday, also by the impact that supposed for him by the time that was was, by the goal, his family in the field... Today it has trained well, but it depends of the state of the player. Already we will see the minutes that goes playing", signalled.

"Ansu Has trained well, but already will see the minutes that goes playing"

To the thread of the state of the forward, insinuated that Luis Enrique would not have to summon him with Spain for the stop of selections of next week. "I do not know of this subject because I am not seleccionador. As I said the other day, still it is missing him a lot, but for me it was a round day. It played 15 minutes and marked the third, was perfect. Only I can think that it has been 10 months out of the terrains of game, that has trained two weeks with the group and only has played 15 minutes", remembered.

Koeman Could do changes in his eleven

If Ansu is not to title in front of the Benfica, the eleven of the Barça could be seemed to the of the Raise, including to some indisputable like Ronald Araújo or Frenkie of Jong. However, the Dutch trainer left the open door to some change more. "The most important is to schedule the party. It is necessary to see to the rival and look also to the youngsters and take into account the physical subject. Play five parties in 12 days is a lot for any player. It is necessary to look where have more freshness and with who can obtain better result", indicated.

Finally, Koeman spoke of the signing of Luuk of Jong and left clear that his compatriot is prepared to be important in the League of Champions. "The signing of Luuk was in the last moment to reinforce us in attack, also by the players that had lesionados of attack. It is a footballer that gives us a lot, is different to which have. The other day it did it well, it marked a goal and has experience to play in Europe", finalised.

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