The keys behind Ronald Koeman’s success at Barcelona

Ronald Koeman’s first season at Barcelona hasn’t been easy. In fact, it’s been a rollercoaster, but the Dutchman, a club legend due to his exploits in Catalonia as a player, seems to be beginning to get things right as detailed by Diario Sport.

One of the first things Koeman did upon his arrival at Camp Nou was get rid of Luis Suarez, as well as bringing in two key members from his coaching staff at the Netherlands, Alfred Schreuder and Henrik Larsson. One of the primary things they identified as a problem was a lack of physicality, something they sought to remedy by raising the intensity of training.

They also worked on limiting overloading their players with information, instead focusing on key insights so as to avoid cluttering minds before games. Lionel Messi was dealt with carefully, given space to cope with his failed exit. The Argentine is said to have valued Koeman’s direct manner.

As soon as Messi clicked after returning from his extended Christmas break in Argentina the game changed. Matches Barcelona were failing to win they were securing victory in, aided by Koeman’s decision to switch to 4-3-3 and his occasional use of a three-at-the-back system.

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Koeman’s time in charge of the Blaugrana has been marked by his adaptability. He’s never put in as many hours at the training ground according to those who know him, and he’s worked to resuscitate the Barcelona careers of players like Frenkie de Jong, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele. Antoine Griezmann is another who’s shone intermittently.

He’s also brought through young players like Pedri, Ronald Araujo, Ilaix Moriba, Oscar Mingueza and Ansu Fati, giving them the minutes and prominence others didn’t. Barcelona are still fighting for La Liga and the Copa del Rey. They’ve been led by a man with ice in his veins and confidence in himself.

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8 Comments

  1. Prince manbia says:

    Thank you for such a brillant idea but u have more to do by knowing how, when to pair players and you forgotten our system please need to win la liga and cope de raye thank.

  2. courage katriku says:

    I really love koeman tactics ,In the beginning l was not seeing his plan properly but now l have much confidence in him ,let give him job ,l know he can do it and do it better
    Thanks to all of you who reads this comment 🙏🙏

  3. Reynaldo J. Castaneda says:

    Koeman must have learned already what works and what does not. Making rhe most of his player at hand is a plus in the long run. La Masia has plenty of talent. Need not look around for now since Barcelona’s finances are in tight position. I very much like Lautaro Martinez as number 9 (if possible) over Kune Aguero because of age and the latter, his injuries. That will ensure Messi will stay. With that, I think this team is now complete. We have enough midfielder and our defense is in better shape. What this team should give importance now is their homegrown talent from La Masia.

  4. God says:

    Koeman was his own problem . He came and caused division in the team . Made messi look dispensable to the point players refused to pass to him. It dawned on him he needed to change or get fired because power was about to change hand .
    I enjoy the team now but will never trust him for acting like a traitor when he first arrived.

  5. Omar Nyass says:

    Barcelona is now showing some consistency. However, there is still much left to be desired. I think the club definitely needs to bolster in the attack and defence. Too many chances are being created but not converted. The PSG second leg is a typical example. Barcelona can do much better with better decisiveness at the opposite box and score more goals.

  6. Phila Musa Matsenjwa says:

    Koeman is a good coach. He’s shown his capability since Barcelona is well improved in the game. We just need a reliable striker like Lautaro Martinez. So let’s give him the job to show more of his capabilities.

  7. Wex Iddi says:

    I am happy about the current performance of Barcelona,but Barcelona still has to put a lot of energy to secure their reputation and consistency again. Without much been said,the style of play of Barcelona 5 years ago does not yield good results in this modern era. I think the players should consider long passes ,matching players boot to boot and taking merit of counter balls. However, sometimes the strikers are been covered by their opponent, so is difficult to give them passes. I suggest sometimes the strikers should fall back to assist
    midfielder to send the ball to the opponent post for goal. Thank you.

  8. Wex Iddi says:

    This is wex Iddi again. In addition to what i said earlier. The style of play of Barcelona in this modern era is unlucrative style of playing. Why because today defender wouldn’t allow such style of play and so it breed injuries among players. For example the last two matches Barcelona play against PSG and Huesca messi and griezmann scoring from far distance, i think that is the style of play Barcelona should adopt. Thank you.

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