FC Barcelona – La Liga Spoke to the press on Friday
Ronald Koeman spoke to the press ahead of Barcelona‘s LaLiga Santander match against Granada.
The Catalans enter the game in good spirits on the back of their midweek Copa del Rey win away at Athletic Club, yet Koeman feels they need to add to their squad this transfer window.
“For the short term future, [signings] are important,” he told the press. “We want to improve the squad and I still think that some positions need more competition and effectiveness.
“That’s what I think, but I understand the situation of the club. If it is not possible, it is not possible and we will wait for next year.”
Leo Messi scored twice in that win over Athletic Club, and Koeman believes that the Argentine is a natural born winner.
“Messi is a winner, a player who likes to train and play. Like me, I’m pissed off if I lose,” he said.
“Leo, from the first day he returned [after Christmas], has done the maximum for this team. In the last game he helped us a lot to win the game.
“It isn’t normal for him to score three goals every game.”
Koeman himself refused to accept that his team are favourites against Granada, instead suggesting that his team needed to perform.
“It’s another match and you can’t sit back and depend on previous results,” he added.
“It’s a different opponent, a different stadium and if we’re aren’t at our best level, the opponent can make things very difficult for us.
“You have to be humble and do things properly with and without the ball, we have to show personality out on the pitch.”
Fixture congestion is going to be an issue for Barcelona with the upcoming Supercopa de Espana and the return of the Champions League, but the former Feyenoord coach isn’t thinking about these issues just yet.
“You can only go game-by-game,” he confirmed.
“We can’t afford to think about the Supercopa.
“Tomorrow’s match is the most important, our situation in LaLiga means we have to give everything, we’ll see what comes after that when the time comes.”
Victories against Athletic Club and Huesca have kickstarted the week positive for Los Cules, and Koeman is desperate for his team to add a third win to a run that many perceived to be problematic for the Blaugrana.
“We knew it would be a difficult week with three away matches,” he declared.
“We have to recover physically and show that we still can push ourselves.
“We’re not in a position where we can lose any more points, there is tremendous pressure because we know we can’t lose another game, that’s the trajectory we have to follow, no more defeats.