Ronald Koeman bet before on players like Pedri and Trincao than on Dembélé
The clearest, a Deeney header that went high in added time. There was no time for more. The descent was a cruel reality.
He is nicknamed the ‘Pianist’: the sensations he transmits with the ball are also emitted through the screen, during the telematic interview. Serene, with a slow speech, typical of someone who has already accumulated many hours of flight without losing hope, Miralem Pjanic arrives at Barça after two attempts by the Barça club. In the locker room they already call him ‘Look’. And in the locker room there is already talk of the great obligation of the team, to take revenge at 2-8 and show that it was just an accident.
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Interview with Miralem Pjanic: This team wants revenge
-What sensations have you taken from your first days at Barça?
Very good Unfortunately, I was not able to join before because of Covid, but things are going very well. At first I trained alone and then with the team. Physically I am working hard to get ready as soon as possible. I’m trying to adapt to the team and the dressing room, learn the language, communicate with my teammates. First impressions are very good. I’m looking forward to the start of the season, hopefully a good year.
-Reach a team in full transition. Are you not afraid that it is a bad time to sign for Barça?
It is never a bad moment to come to Barça. Barça is a team conceived to win everything. It may be that last year was not a good season and that it ended badly. Things did not turn out as they had imagined, but think about all the teams that are built each year to win, and logically not all win. It is not easy to win titles. It was a strange season for everyone, with the coronavirus: we were unemployed for several months, then we had to start almost suddenly, on strange dates, without an audience in the fields….
-How have you seen your new colleagues?
Very motivated. From what they tell me, the training sessions have changed a lot. This team wants to take revenge for what happened in Lisbon and show that it was a great accident. Our goal is to go step by step: starting with the League, which will not be easy. And in the Champions League there will be five or six candidate teams to win the trophy. Starting in March, a new season will begin within the season itself, with the knockout stages of the Champions League and the decisive stretch of the League championship, that’s where we have to be at full throttle.
-He says that in the locker room there is already talk of revenge.
These players have already earned the respect of the football world and I don’t think they have to prove anything to anyone. But in football there are accidents, and I don’t think there is a Barça player who doesn’t want to show that 2-8 was just that, an accident. I do not have any doubt. I have spoken with some of them and they have not lost an ounce of self-confidence. Last year was not easy for anyone, but I am sure that this year we will have a good season, because we have good players. Nothing is easy in today’s football. We know that Barça is undergoing changes, perhaps the newcomers will need some time to adapt, but we will succeed.
-The departure of Suarez is the big change, right?
It’s difficult because he is one of the best forwards in the world. It will not be easy to replace it. Whoever comes, or whoever plays in that position, should try not to notice his absence, but it will not be an easy task. We are talking about one of the two or three best forwards in the world. It will be a great loss, also for the dressing room.
-How about Koeman?
Good sensations. We work a lot. We try to adapt to your ideas and apply them in the field. We work very hard, something that seems to have changed a lot compared to last year. The workouts are tough. Now we have to prove it on the field, in the first game. Starting out winning would give us a lot of confidence.
-You were just a child, but Koeman has been a hero for Barcelona since 1992.
I know. He was a great player. Now he’s the coach, and he’s also very motivated. He is a very confident coach of his ideas. We saw it with the Netherlands, they did very well in recent years. He is happy to have come to Barça and eager to show his qualities as a coach.
-What did you learn in French football?
Technique and physique, but also to perform at the highest level. I came to Lyon at 18 and shared a dressing room with players like Juninho, Benzema, Cris or Gouvou. It was a huge learning curve.
-And in Italian football?
Mostly tactical. I had great coaches: Luis Enrique, Rudi García, Allegri, Spalletti, etc. I also learned to be physically better prepared to face all the games. Now I know my body better, both physically and mentally. I imagine that at Barça it will be different, here there will be less tactics, but more technical quality. But I hope to keep learning. I have played more than 600 games, I think I have some experience, and I am going to play with footballers who also know the game, but I want to continue learning.
-Also languages. He already speaks six.
Yes, French, German, Bosnian, Luxembourgish, Italian and English. Now my turn is Spanish.
Gerard Deulofeu, who will leave Watford after relegation, could return to play for Milan, where he did it between January and June 2017. The player is about to return to Milan and the ‘rossoneri’ club is evaluating his possible incorporation. As revealed by ‘Sky Sports’, the first contacts have already taken place between the sports management and the Catalan’s agent.
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Milan is, little by little, building its next sports project. He has already renewed Stefano Pioli’s contract and has now opened the Deulofeu case. The footballer is interested in repeating the experience and his agent has already contacted the club to see what options he has to make his return. Milan is in the process of reaching an agreement if economic conditions are interesting.
On loan from Everton, Deulofeu played a few months in 2017 for Milan. Directed by Vicenzo Montella, the Catalan footballer was a prominent protagonist in the team’s successes. In 17 games he scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists. Milan tried to keep him on their squad, but failed to reach an agreement with Everton who, shortly after, ended up transferring him to Barcelona for 12 million.
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Now the situation is very different. After the decline of Watford, Deulofeu will leave the club and his priority is not to continue in the Premier League, his first option is to return to Milan where he lived, perhaps, his best months as a footballer.
One of the onexbet login news of the FC Barcelona match against Celta de Vigo was the absence of Ousmane Dembélé. The French winger did not take part in the Barça team’s 0-3 victory in the second LaLiga Santander game.
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Ronald Koeman bet before on players like Pedri and Trincao than on Dembélé. The Dutch coach saw, before the end of the first half, as Lenglet lost by expulsion. Araujo was chosen to occupy the axis of the defense and the one sacrificed was Griezmann, who was contributing little to the Barça game. In the second half, when the team was already tired, Ronald decided to move the bench. It was at that moment when the Dutch coach gave in to the young Pedri and Trincao to replace Ansu Fati and Dembélé. With this decision, the Dutchman put them ahead in the rotation than Dembélé, who had to watch the victory of his teammates from the bench.
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To all this, the absence of Dembélé could also be seen as a club decision so that the Frenchman does not get injured before the transfer market ends. Barça and Manchester United are talking about a possible transfer of the French. The English team has been pushing the player all summer to make it to Old Trafford and at Barça they see an operation that allows them to enter an amount close to 50 million euros and release one of the highest chips in the squad.
The sporting future of Arturo Vidal points towards Italy and more specifically to Inter. Various information media, including ‘Corriere dello Sport’, do not hesitate to assure that the current Barça midfielder will once again be under the command of Antonio Conte; They even point out that the coach after ensuring his continuity on the bench for the next season put the condition of the signing of Arturo Vidal; also from Kolarov.
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Conte’s continuity at Inter is changing in recent days the sports guidelines that were being worked on in the entity. Thus, for example, the signing of Sandro Tonali, the ‘pearl’ of Brescia, now seems out of the question and it is Milan, after Maldini’s latest negotiations, the favorite to incorporate him into the squad of his first team. Let’s not forget that Tonali’s arrival at Inter seemed closed only a few weeks ago. Conte is changing everything.
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Antonio Conte from the first day he arrived at Inter has demanded the hiring of Arturo Vidal, with whom he coincided at Juventus.