The Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman, explained that “this is what there is at the moment” after losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League premiere at the Camp Nou.
“The team played the first half well, but you have to know the conditions of the players. Jordi Alba was ill at night, Luuk de Jong was playing his first game with Barça and you have to see the changes that we have made and those that Bayern have been able to make. You have to be realistic in life ”, added in this sense the Barcelona coach in statements to Movistar +.
Koeman insisted that the moment that Barça is living does not give much more than what was seen against the German team: “There is a difference in the quality of the teams. Bayern is a team that has been with these players for a long time. In two or three years our young footballers are going to be much better. It is very difficult to accept the situation, but things have to be improved ”.
Anyway, Koeman was slightly optimistic for the near future.: “We are going to recover people like Dembélé, Ansu Fati and Sergio When Agüero, and Coutinho and Luuk de Jong will be in better shape. Today we only had three forwards available ”.
Despite the bulky result and the poor image shown by Barça, the coach considered that his team started the game “well” and had “bad luck with the first goal”, which came on the rebound after a shot by Thomas Müller. “From 0-2 (which came in the 56th minute) it was very difficult and Bayern have proven to be better than us today,” he admitted.
Regarding the change of Jordi Alba, who was substituted in the final stretch of the match visibly ‘touched’, he said it was “due to fatigue and muscle discomfort he had.”
In addition, he complained that he did not like “Sergi Roberto’s whistles” when he was substituted and defended him arguing “that he is not a winger (the position he occupied against Bayern) and not a right back”.
In Germany they believe that Barcelona came out “well off” with the result
Commentators and the German press consider that Barcelona came out “well off” with the 3-0 defeat to Bayern and emphasize that the Catalan club is experiencing difficult times and is going through a phase in which it will have to reduce its ambitions.
“I think that with the 0-3, Barcelona came out well off,” said the former German international and the former chairman of the Bayern Board of Directors. Karlheinz Rummenigge, in an article published in the newspaper image.
“Barcelona is going through difficult times. Not only did he lose Messi but he had to give in to Griezmann. It has to reduce debt and for a time it will have to reduce its ambitions as well, ”added Rummenigge.
In the match chronicle, the newspaper Südduetsche Zeitung Munich is expressed in terms similar to those of Rummenigge. “It was not a 2-8”, the newspaper headlines with irony, alluding to the historic win that Barcelona conceded against Bayern in Lisbon.
The fact that the Lisbon result was not going to be repeated was something that was soon seen, according to that newspaper, just as it was seen “what the debts and the loss of players had done with Barcelona”.
“A team that after an acceptable start lost the north and in the end I almost had to be grateful that Bayern were content with the 0-3 and did not insist on looking for more goals ”, points to the Bavarian newspaper.
The newspaper is illusory about the harmless inoperability of Barcelona and says that probably the current president of the Board of Directors, the exporter of Oliver Kahn with his 52 years, or the also ex-goal Sepp Maier, with his 77.
“Watching from the arc how Bayern plays is something that may still be within reach of Sepp,” the newspaper ironically.
Amid the ironic tone of many of the comments, the former international Mathias Sammer broke a spear in favor of Barcelona, although he also said that he is in the middle of a difficult process it will take years.
“This is not the time to make fun of Barcelona. It is a great club and it will continue to be. Live difficult moments. Recovery may take years but I am convinced that the myth will shine again, “said Sammer in a comment to the portal. Amazon prime. “World football needs a strong Barcelona,” he added.
Asked about what he would have said in the locker room in the intermission if he were the coach of the Catalan team, he said that he would surely have had little to say.
“There are things that a coach cannot solve. I think Sergi Roberto is a good player but if he has to measure himself in speed with Alphonso Davies, he is lost and a coach can hardly change him. Bayern is today superior and that is something they have to accept ”, he added.