Koeman has work to do after first defeat

Ronald Koeman had got off to a fine start with two wins and a draw in his first three games in charge, but Saturday’s defeat showed he has plenty of work to do at the Camp Nou.

The Dutch coach did rotate his starting XI a little with Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, and Sergino Dest coming in, while we also got a rare glimpse of Riqui Puig late on.

Yet Koeman admitted after the match “it was not good enough today” and he was quite right too. The team struggled to create chances and offered little response to going behind to a pretty soft penalty.

The boss tried to change things by bringing on Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Puig and even Martin Braithwaite but that didn’t work either and Getafe wasted chances late on to extend their lead.

Some really tricky fixtures await in the coming weeks, and Koeman will be well aware that big improvements are needed if Barca are to beat Madrid and Juve. Continue reading

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