Suara.com – Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is positive for the future of his squad after Barcelona started their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 win over 10-man Gimnastic this morning.
In a friendly at the Estadi Johan Cruyff on Thursday (22/7/2021), Albanian striker Rey Manaj, who has never played a competitive game for Barca, scored a hat-trick in the second half in front of around 2,000 supporters.
Alex Collado scored another goal for Barcelona, but Barcelona had a difficult time scoring in the first half, where all four goals came in the second half after the opponents were down to 10 men after Alex Quintanilla was sent off.
Coach Ronaldo Koeman fielded a different line-up in each half, with the likes of Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Miralem Pjanic, Sergi Roberto, Riqui Puig and Samuel Umtiti starting.
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While Barcelona are without Lionel Messi, as well as new signings Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay, Koeman is pleased with what he sees. But Koeman said he was happy with the performance of his squad.
“The important thing is that everyone has played 45 minutes; it is something that is important for the physical side,” Koeman told Barca TV as reported by livescore.
“We dominated and we got a good result. The match left a positive feeling. My players have come back well. They also trained hard this morning – it’s all about getting fit.”
“With two different teams, everyone has the opportunity to show their qualities. It goes without saying that there are certain names that stand out.”
After a season of playing behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, this friendly match marks the first time Koeman has coached Barca in front of the home crowd.
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“It’s strange that there are people here, but thank God they are here. I love that there are spectators and also the players. They help us. We really need them.”
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