Ronald Koeman will face Valencia on Saturday with FC Barcelona, the membership the place he was fired as coach within the 2007-2008 season after six months. Nevertheless, the 57-year-old Zaandammer is just not particularly searching for revenge in opposition to his former employer.
Koeman guards in opposition to underestimation in opposition to Valencia
“My time at Valencia is definitely not the very best reminiscence for me, however we did win one thing then: the Copa del Rey,” stated Koeman at his press convention on Friday within the run-up to the assembly in Camp Nou.
“Valencia is a sophisticated membership to teach. They’ve modified coach many instances prior to now fifteen years. It isn’t a spot to work quietly.”
When the Dutchman was fired in April 2008, Valencia was in disappointing sixteenth place. A 5-1 loss in opposition to Athletic Membership was the final straw for the board. Former gamers akin to Santiago Cañizares, Angulo and David Albelda had been devastating in regards to the Dutch coach after the dismissal of Koeman.
“They’re commentators and need to say one thing to justify their presence,” Koeman sneered on the crucial former gamers. “They’re merely searching for a life after soccer.”
Barcelona skilled a tough interval below Koeman, however appears to have discovered its approach up once more in current weeks. On Wednesday, chief Actual Sociedad was crushed 2-1, pushing the Catalans to fifth place in La Liga, six factors behind chief Atlético Madrid. The knockout part was reached within the Champions League, regardless of a 0-3 defeat in opposition to Juventus.
Valencia took solely two factors within the final 4 league matches and is disappointingly twelfth, however Koeman is cautious to not underestimate his staff. “We all know that Valencia is robust, they’ve solely just lately misplaced to Atlético and even gained in opposition to Actual Madrid.”
“We simply need to depend on our personal power,” Koeman continued. “The gamers know the right way to carry out collectively, which provides me lots of choices. The environment has all the time been good, and recently so have the sport and the outcomes. Hopefully we will preserve that dynamic.”
The coach cited Frenkie de Jong for example of the improved sport. “He is been enjoying with extra freedom recently and is extra attacking. I like the way in which he handles his accountability. He is an excellent participant and can form the way forward for this membership much more.”
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