Ronald Koeman beginning to be questioned in the Barcelona dressing room

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is beginning to be questioned in the club’s dressing room according to Diario Sport.

The Dutchman is said to be viewed positively as a person, but there are elements of his footballing philosophy that are grating with some of the players.

Barcelona played their first match under Koeman just over ten weeks ago and have performed inconsistently. They currently sit ninth in La Liga and finished second in their Champions League group behind Juventus.

A key complaint is said to relate to Koeman’s steadfast reliance on a 4-2-3-1 formation as opposed to the 4-3-3 historically associated with Barcelona.

The belief is that the team is divided between four who attack and four who defend, with a double pivot in the middle falling between two stools, as it were, resulting in an absence of cohesive defending or attacking. Continue reading

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