R.Onald Koeman is preparing for the 2021/22 season and looks forward to Barcelona You can improve on what you accomplished in your first year at the helm.
The Dutchman is looking for improvements on the field and has specifically asked some of his midfielders to contribute more goals.
“Frenkie de Jong He has to continue as he is, since, after his first season, he has taken a big step forward and has more responsibility in the team. ” Koeman said about the young Dutch midfielder in an interview with the Catalan club’s own media.
“He has improved up front and we will continue to work to improve even more. Like all midfielders, he should aim to score between three and six goals.
“[Pedri]Meanwhile, he made a great Euro 2020. At only 18 years old, after the season he has had, he was playing with great maturity. It’s really amazing.
“He keeps improving and he is a great boy, who lives for football. It is a shame for us that he goes to the Olympics, but he knows that we expect a lot from him and we have confidence in him and he knows it.” he has a coach who is not afraid to give young players a chance.
“Pedri has played a lot. We will have to give it a break [after the Olympics]. Everybody needs it during the summer. What pep guardiola he said, playing two big tournaments in the summer is too much, but we can’t do anything. “
When asked about the more experienced members of the team, Koeman He insisted that they remain a crucial part of the team.
“Veteran players have a place in the squad,” he said.
“They already showed it last year and it is important that they are with us. In a club like Barcelona, there must be a balance between the oldest and the youngest.
“[Lionel Messi] it’s of vital importance. For what he brings to the team, he is the captain and an example. Their scorer has been brilliant despite a difficult start. He has proven time and time again that he is the best in the world.
“I know how much he wanted to win the Copa América and he has finally done it. Messi He is the main candidate for the Ballon d’Or after a great season and for me he is the favorite. ”
The Barcelona The coach has had a lot of positive things to say about his new signings, who are adjusting to their new environment.
“Sergio Aguero It is an important signing because we have to improve in front of the goal, “said the coach.
“He is an experienced player and very dangerous in the area. He has to be physically fit and we want him to be at his best for us.
“[With Memphis Depay]He knows how I work and is a player with a lot of character. He is strong, fast, he gives us a lot.
“He can play anywhere up front and is reaching the best moment of his career. He improved a lot in Lyon, and gained experience as a captain.
“[Eric Garcia] He had a good Euro 2020. He is a youth squad and, despite his youth, he has experience.
“He plays in a position where I have a lot of experience, so I can focus even more on his performance. He is good with the ball, so we can improve in that area and he has a great future ahead of him.”