Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was left complaining injuries after his team’s 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou versus Bayern Munich in the
Champions League-confessing the Catalans can not contend. With Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann gone as an outcome of cost slashing, and Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero injured, surprise summer signing Luuk de Jong led the line against Bayern.
Barça were bad on the night and stopped working to summon a single shot on target in 90 minutes.”Today we only had 3 forwards, nothing more,”Koeman reflected, by means of Mundo Deportivo.”Tactically there were many stages of the game that we had actually controlled. We have actually attempted to fill areas near [Robert] Lewandowski, we have actually attempted to compete better, however it is what it is. “
Barça were humiliated by Bayern in an 8-2 knocking in the Champions League in 2020. Regardless of the gulf that still exists in between the sides there was no repeat of that and Koeman said afterwards that he couldn’t have asked for more from his players in how they approached the game.
“I can’t complain about the attitude, “he said. “There is a difference in quality, as a team and a bench that is also better. In 2 or 3 years these young players are going to be much better. It is very hard to accept, however this is what there
is. “Bayern is among the prospects to win the title. We lacked accelerate front, we have actually tried to put youths to give energy. There were distinctions between our young people and their players. They have actually shown that they will have a terrific future, but today there is distance.”
Koeman specifically safeguarded De Jong, who was making his debut. Philippe Coutinho was making his first appearance of the season, while Jordi Alba played through disease.
“It was the very first game for Luuk de Jong and the first minutes for Coutinho.
Jordi Alba had a fever in the evening,” the coach described.”It takes a couple of weeks to get people back. Aguero, Ansu Fati, [Ousmane] Dembele …” For more from Jamie Spencer, follow him on Twitter and Facebook!