Barcelona: FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman believes his aspect are usually not among the many favourites to win this season’s Champions League with the Catalans having made a stuttering begin to the new season.
Speaking forward of Tuesday`s go to of Hungarians Ferencvaros of their Champions league Group G opener, Koeman performed down media discuss that the Catalans may very well be European champions.
“When you’re at Barcelona you always want to be there fighting for trophies, be it in La Liga or Europe. We aren’t the favourites, but we can go far,” he advised a information convention.
Barca’s current Champions League failings – they have only one semi-final look since final profitable the competitors in 2015 – have been cited by many as talisman Lionel Messi’s major cause for trying to go away the Nou Camp within the switch window.
The Argentina ahead has continuously voiced his need to raise the trophy once more and this season may very well be a last likelihood to do it with Barca as his present contract expires subsequent 12 months.
“Right now, you could maybe say his performances could be better,” Koeman mentioned of his 33-year-old captain after Barca misplaced 1-0 at unfancied Getafe in la Liga on Saturday.
“But when you see him on a day-to-day basis, he’s happy and wants to play and be the team’s captain. I don’t have any complaints or doubts about his effort.”
The Ferencvaros sport comes 4 days earlier than the primary Clasico of the season at residence to Real Madrid however Koeman mentioned his aspect are solely specializing in the Champions League for now.
“We comprehend it gained’t be a simple sport. We’ll put out a powerful crew. Saturday’s sport isn’t essential proper now – the essential one is tomorrow’s sport. It will be a troublesome match as there’s no such factor as a simple opponent these days,” added the Dutchman.
“It’s always important to win the first Champions League group game, especially at home.”
Koeman will be with out goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jordi Alba plus long-term damage absentee Samuel Umtiti.