October 19, 2020 10:25:46 pm
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman believes his facet usually are not among the many favourites to win this season’s Champions League with the Catalans having made a stuttering begin to the brand new season.
Talking forward of Tuesday’s go to of Hungarians Ferencvaros of their Champions league Group G opener, Koeman performed down media speak that the Catalans could possibly be European champions.
“Once you’re at Barcelona you all the time wish to be there combating for trophies, be it in La Liga or Europe. We aren’t the favourites, however we are able to go far,” he advised a news convention.
Barca’s latest Champions League failings – they’ve only one semi-final look since final successful the competitors in 2015 – had been cited by many as talisman Lionel Messi’s primary cause for trying to depart the Nou Camp within the switch window.
The Argentina ahead has ceaselessly voiced his want to elevate the trophy once more and this season could possibly be a ultimate likelihood to do it with Barca as his present contract expires subsequent yr.
“Proper now, you can possibly say his performances could possibly be higher,” Koeman mentioned of his 33-year-old captain after Barca misplaced 1-Zero at unfancied Getafe in la Liga on Saturday.
“However once you see him on a day-to-day foundation, he’s comfortable and desires to play and be the staff’s captain. I don’t have any complaints or doubts about his effort.”
The Ferencvaros sport comes 4 days earlier than the primary Clasico of the season at dwelling to Actual Madrid however Koeman mentioned his facet are solely specializing in the Champions League for now.
“We all know it gained’t be a straightforward sport. We’ll put out a powerful staff. Saturday’s sport isn’t essential proper now – the essential one is tomorrow’s sport. It is going to be a troublesome match as there’s no such factor as a straightforward opponent these days,” added the Dutchman.
“It’s all the time essential to win the primary Champions League group sport, particularly at dwelling.”
Koeman can be with out goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jordi Alba plus long-term damage absentee Samuel Umtiti.
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