Barcelona head trainer Ronald Koeman admitted he is stressed over the stuttering club adhering to their equal worst LaLiga start.
Barca equalled their worst tally of LaLiga points after six matches because the Spanish competitors returned to 3 points for a win following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at 10-man Deportivo Alaves.
Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Luis Rioja’s opener with 27 minutes remaining to salvage a point for Barca, that have simply 8 indicate already be as many points adrift of protecting champions and bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Barca– that languish in 12th place in the middle of a four-match winless touch in LaLiga– have the same total of points as they handled at the start of the 2002-03 project under Louis van Gaal.
” I’m stressed by our efficiency in attack,” Koeman– in his initial season at the helm after replacing Quique Setien– claimed. “It’s not an attitude problem, nor focus, however it’s a concern of being more assured before goal.
” It happened to us versus Juventus and today also. Moreover, we talented Alaves their goal. However if we create that several possibilities, we can’t miss so many. If you create chances and you only score one, it’s not good.
” Of course I’m worried that we have actually only grabbed 2 points from the last 12 [available] I think the play has actually been, generally, very acceptable. I ‘d be more stressed if we weren’t creating chances.
” We have to perform better before goal. The final pass, the last shot. We can not miss numerous [possibilities] We’re missing out on way too many.”
Lionel Messi’s battles likewise continued– the superstar Barca captain has now gone 877 minutes without scoring in open play.
Messi’s last open-play effort came against Napoli in the Champions League back in August, although he has scored 3 penalties and one free-kick ever since.
Koeman made three changes at half-time, presenting Miralem Pjanic, Pedri and Trincao for Sergio Busquets, Clement Lenglet and Ousmane Dembele adhering to Rioja’s 31st-minute opener.
” I wasn’t happy with the initial half,” said Koeman. “I made 3 modifications since I had not been satisfied and there were some players on a yellow card.
” If you criticised me a few days ago for making modifications too late, today I made changes at half-time. I wasn’t happy with our very first half and there were people unemployed with the ability of scoring. I wanted to change things to win the match.”