‘I solely had three forwards to choose from’: Ronald Koeman bemoans Barcelona’s injury problems after being swept aside by Bayern Munich
- Barcelona have been overwhelmed 3-0 at dwelling to German giants Bayern Munich on Tuesday
- Thomas Muller’s first-half shot deflected in off Eric Garcia for the opening objective
- Robert Lewandowski confirmed his predatory expertise to attain a second-half brace
- A ‘Koeman Out’ banner emerged from a flat Camp Nou stadium on Tuesday
‘I solely had three forwards to choose from,’ mentioned the Dutch coach who completed with 4 youngsters on the pitch.
‘Of course we might have appreciated to compete higher however there’s a distinction of their high quality as a crew [and ours]. There was a giant distinction between the benches too. We have a lot of gamers with a giant future however proper now we’d like gamers again from injury.’
Ronald Koeman lamented Barcelona’s threadbare after they have been overwhelmed by Bayern Munich
Koeman added: ‘We began properly however we had problems getting ahead. We have been unfortunate with the primary objective and from their second objective it was very troublesome. Right now they’re a greater crew than us.
‘This is the place we’re proper now. Jordi Alba was unwell final night time and nonetheless performed. This was Luuk De Jong’s first sport. Alba was very drained and we didn’t need to threat him enjoying the entire sport.’
Gerard Pique additionally put a courageous face on after one other heavy Barcelona defeat to Bayern saying the crew may nonetheless compete in Europe when injured gamers return.
Robert Lewandowski scored two second-half objectives to take his objective tally to 10 already
‘We competed within the first half and their objective comes from a deflection,’ mentioned the Barça captain after the 3-0 loss.
‘The crew didn’t disguise and we had younger gamers making their debuts within the Champions League. I really feel certain we are going to find yourself competing. We have Ansu (Fati), Ousmane (Dembele) and Kun (Aguero) nonetheless to come back again from injury. We are clearly not among the many favourites for the Champions proper now.’
Pique additionally defended team-mate Sergio Roberto who was whistled by dwelling spectators when he was taken off within the second half. He mentioned: ‘I want individuals would keep in mind that Sergio Roberto will not be a full-back and it’s a sacrifice when he performs there. People are free to offer their opinion however personally it hurts me when there’s a lot whistling.’
Koeman doesn’t consider his aspect stood a lot of an opportunity contemplating their injury problems
A ‘Koeman Out’ banner was displayed earlier than kick-off however eliminated by membership workers. The former Everton supervisor’s job was known as into query in the summertime when Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitted he was taking a look at potential replacements.
Just final week a leak from the membership steered Koeman had been supplied a contract extention however loaded with circumstances about the best way the crew performs, the gamers chosen and the extent of success loved.
A scarcity of options, and cash to pay Koeman off, is more likely to hold him in a job. Laporta doesn’t consider that is the fitting time to place Xavi in cost. He was considering Julian Nagelsmann earlier this yr and the now-Bayern coach actually left his mark on the Camp Nou.