Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman faces a great responsibility in the new season to get the team back on the right track after an unsuccessful first season.
Barcelona had failed to win the Spanish League title for the second time in a row, for the first time since 2008, and humiliatedly exited from the European Champions League by losing 2-5 in the total of the two matches in the final price against Paris Saint-Germain.
Koeman failed in his first season with Barcelona against the first-level teams at the local and continental levels. The Catalan team achieved negative results against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in La Liga, and Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
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And it will be necessary for the Dutch coach, in whom the management of Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, has renewed confidence, a month from now, to take advantage of the four new deals concluded by his club’s management this summer.
Barcelona signed Dutchman Memphis Depay after the end of his contract with Olympique Lyonnais in a free transfer deal, with the same strategy that he signed with Manchester City duo Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero.
Barca also succeeded in restoring the Brazilian Emerson, the team player, who was loaned for two years to Real Betis.
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According to the Spanish newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, Depay will play on the right wing, with Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele injured.
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But the situation will be different with the return of the duo, as here Depay will return to the position of the outright striker No. 9 in the same role with the Netherlands national team.
Koeman had led Depay for more than two years in the Netherlands national team and hired him as an outspoken striker, and together they achieved strong results.
For Sergio Aguero, Manchester City’s best scorer in history, he will start the season in the position of striker No. 9, due to the injury of Dembele and Fati as well, and he will have to show great potential to remain essential when the brown duo return.
Aguero did not play in his last season at the Etihad Stadium as a main striker, and the same was repeated in the Copa America 2021 with Argentina, a situation that he will have to change at the Camp Nou.
As for Eric Garcia, Koeman will have to choose between him and 5 other players, Samuel Umtiti, the candidate to leave, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Ronald Arrajo and Oscar Mingueza, to involve only two of them in the center of the defense, as the Dutch coach does not favor the use of more than two players in this position. .
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In the same context, Koeman is very happy to include Emerson, but he will most likely be a substitute in the right corridor of the American Sergino Dest, and this will be determined by the coach a month from now.
It is noteworthy that the Spanish League will start on August 13, when Barcelona will play on August 15 against Real Sociedad in its first match in the tournament.