Ronald Koeman Has '10 Commandments' To Take Barcelona Back To The Top
Ronald Koeman has instructed Barcelona to follow '10 commandments' while under his management.
Koeman replaced Quique Setien last month and has been tasked with taking the club back to the top of world football.
The Catalan giants lost the La Liga title to Real Madrid last season and were dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich in humiliating fashion.
Spanish publication SPORT have revealed the Dutchman's key rules that he expects all players and management to follow.
Koeman has explained players will not be chosen based on their name value, and will instead be chosen on form. Big names such as Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal are set for the exit as Koeman attempts to restore a proper sense of hierarchy.
2. Physical Preperation
Barcelona have suffered three humiliating Champions League exits in three years (Roma, Liverpool and Bayern) with the trio of eliminations coming late on in the season. Albert Roca has been hired as a new fitness coach to tune the squad up.
3. Dead Balls
Koeman scored a number of set-pieces in his career and will be keen to maximise Barcelona's efficiency. Having Lionel Messi and Miralem Pjanic in your squad will certainly help.
4. High Press
Bayern Munich's 8-2 victory came about thanks to the German side's relentless energy in Lisbon. Barcelona couldn't keep up and looked vulnerable whenever they didn't have the ball. Returning to a tactic best deployed by Pep Guardiola is seen as vital.
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Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig broke through last season and look to be given prominent roles for the coming campaign. Other players from the B team are said to be training with the first team squad regularly.
6. United Dressing Room
The club has been shrouded in controversy in recent years and Koeman is keen to block it all out. He believes the players need to know they can trust each other and ignore off-field drama.
A good attitude will be required to flourish under Koeman. He expects the whole team represent the club with class and take their duties seriously.
8. System And Speed
Slowness was a criticism of previous manager Setien as well as his predecessor, Ernesto Valverde. An injection of speed, with one or two touch passing, will give 'Blaugrana' an exciting edge.
A number of players have arrived at Camp Nou and not lived up to their reputation. Big money acquisitions such as Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho have underwhelmed. Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong haven't solidified themselves as leaders of the next generation. Restoring that belief is key.
10. Lionel Messi
The most important commandment of all. If Lionel Messi isn't on board, nothing else matters. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has confirmed he will remain with the club for this season after a dramatic transfer saga. Making sure he can be at his breathtaking best is how Barcelona can return to the top of club football.
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