CHANGES HAD EFFECT
Optimism in Barça! Koeman's plan B give us hope
Published:4/12/2020 - 22:08h
Updated:5/12/2020 - 14:06h
After the last matches, everything seems to indicate that the trainer of the Barça, Koeman, has touched the key so that the team show his best version
In Can Barça reigns the optimism after the last performances of the Barcelona team, so much in LaLiga as in the Champions League. The goleadas in front of the Dynamo of Kiev (0-4), Osasuna (4-0) and Ferencváros (0-3) invite to the barcelonismo to ilusionarse with the project of Ronald Koeman, that recently despega. The Dutch seems to have found the answers to the lacks that saw in the team in the beginning of season.
In the summer, Koeman took the bench of a team that was sportive and anímicamente sunk after the goleada of the Bayern in Lisbon by 2-8. In August, saw impossible that the FC Barcelona recovered his best version and had players that, in this moment, were in the ramp of exit, as Ousmane Dembélé. The first parties of the campaign did not give a lot of hope for the fans culé, but is true that the Dutch trainer was treating to find him a course to the team.
For example, in the start of the course Koeman insisted with Messi as 'false nine' and the results were not very positive. The Argentinian is not the same of the 2009, when Pep Guardiola entered it in this position and revolutionised the football. Now, Leo feels more comfortable creating played, more than marking. And Koeman has understood it. That has been one of the a lot of so many changes that the Dutch has implemented and that invite to the fans to expect only the best.
The defensive saga has been the sector that more has strengthened (and improved) in the last weeks and notices the difference. After the stop of the FIFA, the Barcça only has fit a goal (in front of the Athletic of Madrid) and in the last three clashes the change has been impressive. To the rivals costs him more approach to the area defended by Ter Stegen (or Net) and is thanks to the big defensive work that does all the team.
The bands, by his part, seem to be the best appearance of this new version of the Barcelona. Lately, the team has understood that no all the played can create by the centre of the field and the sides and extremes have had a paper protagónico. For the moment, the work of Sergiño Dest (that it replaces to Sergi Roberto by injury) and Jordi Alba has been remarcable.
The Barça suffered of face to the arch?
It feels that they have happened centuries since the Barcelona empató in front of the Alavés (1-1) because, although they added a lot of occasions, the forwards did not achieve the goal. The changes of Koeman and the confidence that has given him to the attackers have had a big effect. Convert no longer is only responsibility of Leo Messi, as it happened in the past season. To the list of goleadores have added Ousmane Dembélé, Martin Braithwaite or Antoine Griezmann.
The three forwards have showed his best version recently and the Barça has taken advantage of it. The 'Principito', that from his talk with Valdano seems a new player, has turned into a referent in the area and has devoted to mark golazos, as all the barcelonismo wished it. Dembélé, by his part, has been a surprise. It has recovered his best version and has quiet to those who asked that it left in August. Finally, Braithwaite, after they arose rumours that the club wanted to sell him, has taken advantage of -literally- all the oprtunidades that Koeman has given him.