DECISIONS TO MAKE
Pending job! The 'urgent' tasks of Ronald Koeman's Barça
Published:5/08/2021 - 17:45h
Updated:5/08/2021 - 18:50h
The 2021-22 season is about to begin and there are several pending aspects that Ronald Koeman must resolve at Barça so that the team is 100%
The defeat of the FC Barcelona in front of the RB Salzburg has been a vase of cold water for the culés, that accumulated three consecutive victories in the pre-season 2021-22 and that are to the door ofl to dispute of the first title of the course, the trophy Joan Gamper, and to little more than a week of the start of LaLiga Santander. You fail them of the team are, definitely, a called of attention to Ronald Koeman, that is conscious that there is a lot for working and improve of face to that the Barça go back to be the competitive team and with shine with which so much dreams the barcelonismo.
Of the friendly do not have to take out a lot of conclusions, but if they serve of proof to see what works and what no, in addition to being ideal so that a trainer, in this case Koeman, can 'invent' and modify his approach without that these innovations happen bills. In Austria, went an example of this. Far of the image that had showed the Barcelona in front of the Nàstic, Girona and Stuttgart, in the crash of this Wednesday saw to a Barça much denser and 'punished' in front of a Salzburg with more shooting, that knew to take advantage of of the errors and desaciertos of the culés.
The true is that they were several changes that the Dutch implemented in the party, varied that already had tested in the past course and that in this opportunity did not give the fruits wished. The Barça went back to the 3-5-2 with which Koeman achieved the 'resurreción' of the team in a stretch of the 2021, with the novelty of Frenkie of Jong playing like head office in the half, occupying of the exit of the balloon, something that did not go out as it expected because the players, of some way, did not know to assume neither manage the tactical change.
The Salzburg took advantage of of the 'uncertainty' of the ones of Koeman, that suffered to hold the high pressure of the Austrians. The ones of Matthias Jaissle went out to suffocate to the culés to the first line and the plan went out them to the wonder because besides the sides of the Barça, dressed of carrileros, did not know to take out benefit of the amplitude; a point 'extra' of the that the venues took advantage of and like this recovered the balloon in committed zones.
In principle, the system is one of the points to resolve, with the occupation of the spaces by part of the footballers and also the pressure with which jump to defend and do with the balloon, something that cost in some periods of the game against the Salzburg. This, in any case, would have to be a point that Koeman will resolve when reincorporen the rest of international (with upsetting in Eric García for the defence and Pedri in the centre of the field), but already is a warning that the plan did not go out as it was had to.
The level of the players
Before we mentioned that they do not have to take out hasty conclusions of the friendly parties, but called the attention the deployment of Jordi Alba and Clément Lenglet in the field, very underneath of the expectations and with worrisome mistakes. It is true that the side carries little more than two weeks in the trainings, but showed unfit atypical in him and was dense to the moment to defend. In fact, one of the played more dangerous of the ones of Jaissle was born of a balloon that left Alba to one of the attackers inside the area.
The central French, by his part, follows without 'reinvindicarse' and his level is in discussion. In the minutes that had contested before, in front of the Girona and Stuttgart, had happened unobserved because the Barça did not suffer defensivamente, but once again left in sight all the 'ghosts' that accompany him. The only that it can save in the defensive saga is Ronald Araújo, that few (or any) failures had. The charrúa was hit and with a lot of precision.
Where it remained the pressure after loss?
One of the factors that had thrilled more to the Barcelona fans in the previous parties of pre-season had been the constant pressure of the Barcelona after the loss of the balloon. They wanted to dominate it permanently and 'deny' to the rival the possession in all the senses. In front of the Salzburg, suffered a lot of by the contragolpes and Busquets and Of Jong saw very debilidados to the moment to sustain the block.
Of there that the Austrians, also benefited by the shooting, took advantage of of the fragility and all the spaces that left the culés, that were not few. One of the actions in which they remained 'portrayed' the ones of Koeman was a swift transition before the 40 minutes in which there was a two for one in front of Of Jong, with Okafor directing the offensive. It enabled him inside the area Adeyemi, and the Swiss remained with the opportunity to mark to empty door, but commanded it was brushing the stick. A 'inconvenient' that the Barça could avoid and something in what Koeman will have to work to avoid that it repeat .