Koeman claims nothing behind ´joyful´ Griezmann not beginning in Kiev
Ronald Koeman claimed there was nothing sinister behind his resolution to not begin Antoine Griezmann in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Dynamo Kiev within the Champions League on Tuesday.
The France worldwide was named among the many substitutes and changed Philippe Coutinho within the 66th minute of the competition, happening to attain a purpose in damage time.
Griezmann’s relationship with Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who was rested for the journey to Ukraine, has been underneath scrutiny just lately, after feedback by his former agent and his uncle.
Nonetheless, Koeman stated Griezmann was “joyful” at Camp Nou and he was simply being cautious with the 29-year-old’s workload.
“Griezmann was on the bench solely for a little bit bodily drawback we wished to watch out with,” Koeman advised a information convention after the sport.
“It’s important to present relaxation to some and taking part in time to those that work onerous in coaching each day however haven’t performed lots.
“I’ve seen him [Griezmann] work from the start. He’s a cheerful participant, who at all times provides his greatest for the staff and the membership.
“Too unhealthy he has no luck scoring extra objectives. The one solution to change that is to work more durable. He’s attempting.”
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Koeman claimed Barca’s victory over Dynamo, which secured their place within the Champions League final 16, was the kind of efficiency he needs to see repeated in LaLiga.
The Blaugrana are languishing in thirteenth place within the desk after three wins, three defeats and two attracts from their opening eight matches.
It’s their worst begin to a season at this stage in LaLiga for the reason that 1991-92 marketing campaign.
“That is the picture of Barcelona we need to see,” added the Barca head coach. “I appreciated the collective efficiency. They’ve labored onerous, they pushed.
“They dominated the sport sufficiently to be happy with their efficiency. We maybe lacked a little bit of effectiveness within the first half however total I’m very joyful.
“We now have seen a really hungry staff. We scored 4 objectives, necessary gamers had been in a position to relaxation and the kids have deserved these minutes. They’ve delivered. I spotlight the entire staff.”
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