November 4, 2020

Koeman ‘respects’ Pique’s comments and backs defender to shine in El Clasico.

Koeman 'respects' Pique's comments and backs defender to shine in El Clasico.

Gerard Pique criticized Barcelona on the eve of their clash with Real Madrid however Ronald Koeman has no concern with the timing of the comments.

Barcelona head trainer Ronald Koeman “values” Gerard Pique’s opinion and has actually backed the defender to do his talking on the pitch in Saturday’s clash with Real Madrid.

La Vanguardia released an explosive interview with Pique on the eve of the very first Clasico of the season in which the long-serving defender heavily criticised his club.

The 33-year-old hit out at president Josep Maria Bartomeu in particular over his handling of Lionel Messi’s agreement saga and confessed Barca have actually gone backwards considering that 2015.

Pique did book some praise for new boss Koeman, nevertheless, and the Dutchman insisted he has no problem with the timing of the interview.

” He has been here for several years and I have actually been here for three months,” Koeman said at a pre-match news conference on Friday ahead of the Camp Nou conference with Madrid.

” He has his opinion and I appreciate it. He’s wise and knows that if he does an interview of this type, tomorrow he will be ready and play well. I appreciate all viewpoints if he is involved.”

Pique has actually been named in a 23-man team that likewise consists of the returning Jordi Alba and misfiring forward Antoine Griezmann, whose function in the side has actually been questioned.

Griezmann has yet to score, help or create a single opportunity for one of his team-mates in LaLiga this term from four starts, but Koeman is expected to stick to the Frenchman.

” Like anybody he is available to play,” Koeman said. “It is not good to discuss his function ahead of every game. We have much more players and desire everybody at their best level.

” The group is always the most important thing and we choose the very best players for each match.”

Griezmann’s poor return remains in stark contrast to Ansu Fati, the teenage enemy having scored four goals in 5 appearances this term – more than some other Barca player.

Fellow child Vinicius Junior has actually also remained in good form, scoring in three of his last four appearances, and Koeman can see both players getting better in time.

” We understand that they are two excellent players regardless of their age,” he said.

” They are learning many things and their trajectory is going really quickly. For me the age of the player is trivial – what matters to me is their efficiency.

” Ansu Fati will be a star in the future, but he should work and establish. We will support him to be one of the best on the planet, and we will do the very same with the other youngsters.”

Barca, who like Madrid suffered a surprise loss in their last league getaway, are looking for a very first Clasico win in three efforts.

The Catalan giants have actually failed to score in the last two Clasicos and Koeman acknowledged the significance of getting a positive result this weekend to rebuild self-confidence.

” It is important, obviously,” he said. “The players should have it for the work they are doing every day. They show a great deal of aspiration and have actually started playing in another system.

” They have revealed ambition and hunger. A game against Madrid is always something a bit more. If you win a match, everything is simpler.”