Ronald Koeman in a match of the dutch national team


Koeman reviews: His "no" to Barça, the style of the 'culés', De Jong...

Published:20/03/2020 - 08:00h

Updated:20/03/2020 - 08:00h

Ronald Koeman spoke in depth about FC Barcelona in an interview and confirmed once again the reason for his refusal of the Catalans in winter. The Dutchman also talked about Frenkie de Jong, Barça's style of play or the game with Setién

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Ronald Koeman was with the mates of the newspaper 'Mark' and spoke in depth on the FC Barcelona. The Dutch was the second option of the leaders culés to substitute to Ernesto Valverde in the place. After the refusal of Xavi Hernández, that was the first alternative, Éric Abidal called to the Dutch, that also refused the opportunity because it wanted to head to Holland in the Eurocopa. At the end, the elected was Quique Setién, that in what it received the proposal accepted it without doubting.

The current seleccionador of Holland already had confirmed before that it said him "no" to the Barça, but in this interview deepened something more admitting that, although it had wanted to do it, had not been ethical to leave to his country to few months of a Eurocopa. "They called me and I said that no by the commitment that have with the selection of my country. After two years there is a possibility to follow, have 2 and 2, that is to say that after the Eurocopa is moment to evaluate. Two years by each tournament. It could not leave to Holland three months months before a competition", explained.

The ex defender ensured that the reason of his refusal to head to the blaugrana was alone by his commitment with the combined 'orange'. Koeman Recognised that in another situation in which it had not had team had not mattered him the moment convulso that lived in the Camp Nou. "No, I do not think that it was a bad moment. The thing is that have my reasons with Holland. The Barcelona always can win important things, has very good players, the options to be able to fichar to the best footballers... If it had been without work, clear that had accepted, to all the world likes him the Barça", commented.

The technician spoke of the happy that went in the City Condal and did not close the doors of the Barcelona, where would like him return some day. "It does not matter the moment in which it was or the situation that was crossing. There, in Barcelona, lived my best stage like footballer and have a lot of affection to the city. So ojalá can be some day trainer of the Barcelona team", said.

Koeman Also referred to the game of touch and touch that it has implanted Setién from his arrival. The Dutch thinks that the Catalans need more speed and acceleration in rival field and put like examples the party of the Naples, and also the Classical, with Vinicius in command. "It is not notable this percentage of possession if you only believe 2-3 occasions. Play against the Naples was is complicated because they closed with a lot of people backwards and is difficult to open and create opportunities. A team needs especially to a footballer with speed. It looks the quantity of problems that caused him Vinicius to the Barça", aimed.

The Barça needs speed and Of Jong play further back

The preparador of Zaandam wanted to put in value the importance to have some swift forward and that look for the space, something that the culés do not have if it does not play Ansu Fati. For the ex trainer of Valencia, the juvenile would have to be more important. "Now the Barça does not have one that fall a lot in depth and search more the touch. In the centre of the field, have players with the same type of characteristics. I saw to Ansu Fati doing it very well by his speed, and need a footballer like him, because the rest plays to receive the balloon", affirmed.

On Frenkie of Jong, his pupilo in the selection holandes, also has spoken Koeman in more than an occasion. The technician incidió in that in the Barcelona is not playing in his position, something that prejudices him. "Ands important that play parties, but can argue if it does it in his position. In Holland, plays further back but we do it with two pivote, and in the Barça plays only with one and two mediocampistas, or sometimes with four mediocentros. The position that he has now is different of Holland and of the Ajax", signalled.

Although it wanted to look for him a positive side to that was managing like interior or even a bit more advanced in a lot of occasions, the current seleccionador 'orange' does not think that his compatriot shine playing so up. "Of this way learns to play further up, is not all negative, but is not his best position. For me, it is further back, here I think that would have better performance", concluded.

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