Koeman – “Barcelona Needs A New Striker”
Written by MAX FM on January 4, 2021
Ronald Koeman said Barcelona were missing a striker as they scored just once from 20 shots against Huesca.
The Blaugrana attempted 20 shots at goal in their 1-0 victory over Huesca, and their manager has called for reinforcements in attack.
Lionel Messi returned to the Barcelona side after recovering from an ankle injury and Koeman opted to play him in attack alongside Martin Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembele.
The trio attempted 15 shots between them but it was Frenkie de Jong who scored the decisive goal, volleying Messi’s chipped pass into the net after 27 minutes.
Koeman, who sent on Antoine Griezmann for Braithwaite nine minutes from time, admitted that he lacks a natural striker to lead the line in between the creative talents of Messi and Dembele.
“I trust each player in our squad,” Koeman told reporters. “But if we choose to have three midfielders there is room for three forwards.
“With Leo we bet on someone with great depth like Dembele, and we have to choose between Martin or Antoine at the top and Martin has done it.
“It’s a nine that we’re missing in these games but it doesn’t mean anything in regards to Antoine’s substitution. We have a lot of games and we need all the players.
“The second half was not so brilliant,” admitted Koeman.
“In the end we suffer a little because they have tried to create and there have been crosses where we have defended well. If you don’t close out the game earlier, you always suffer.”
Looking ahead to La Liga clashes with Athletic Club and Granada, Koeman added: “This month is very important for our aspirations because we have many away games and if we win them I think we can fight.
“We have come out strong, very focused, and that is the main base we need. If we have those two things we will improve with the ball and if we can also improve in front of goal we can have a very important and good year.”