The Spanish media are very enthusiastic about Ronald Koeman on Monday after his official debut as FC Barcelona coach. The press agrees that the Dutch coach has made an excellent start on his mission at Camp Nou to give the team a new face.
‘Messi also makes a better impression’
Barcelona was 4-0 too strong for Villarreal in the first league match of the season, with all goals falling before half time. Top talent Ansu Fati (twice), Lionel Messi and Pau Torres (own goal) scored.
“A strong start was necessary to gain confidence and dispel doubts. Koeman could hardly have wished for a better start,” writes Sports world.
“Although the starting team consisted of seven players who also participated in the 8-2 defeat that ended last season against Bayern, Barcelona looked like a completely different team.”
According to the sports newspaper, Koeman has caused a change. “There was more pressure and there was more movement and commitment, with Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho starring. A new era is dawning.”
Brand draws more or less the same conclusion. “It is dangerous to judge after one game, but it looks like Barcelona is back this season,” he said.
“Koeman has brought about big changes. Barcelona made a completely different impression than last season and the same goes for Lionel Messi. He wants to see a fight with his team and showed himself from the first minute.”
Sport writes: “Barcelona started the competition as an unbeatable team. Koeman saw that his work in preparation has resulted in a hardworking, dynamic and efficient team, with Ansu Fati making the difference.”
Also The country saw a different Barcelona under Koeman. “He has replaced the 4-3-3 system with 4-2-3-1. The game is much more dynamic now and everyone except Messi has to fight. Koeman demands that everyone is constantly on the move.”
The next game of Koeman and Barcelona in La Liga is Thursday, when Celta de Vigo is the opponent. Three days later, Seville comes to Camp Nou.
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