"In the play before 1-1 we have had three or four plays on the wing. We have to cut the game, it is necessary. It cannot be that, they enter the area and tie us". The words correspond to the FC Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman, who was captured by television cameras during the hydration break in last Sunday's game against Getafe, while giving a talk to his players.
A Barça coach worried about destroying the opponent's game and not prioritizing the performance of his team, that is Koeman. The short speech portrays the Dutchman in full length in his role as a strategist, while explaining many things, the main one, the poor performance of the team all last season and in two of three games in the present.
And it is not that the technician's request is scared or magnified in the sense of “cutting off the game” of the rival or “committing fouls”, no; They are actions that many clubs carry out by system or as a resource and nothing happens, it is football.
But Barcelona does not play that, it should not, it cannot afford it. Far from hearing Koeman ask for possession of the ball, depth, patience, elaboration, daring, etc., no, the commander-in-chief demanded to destroy or hinder even through an infraction.
For this reason it is also understood that the defensive sector of Barça has been the weakest line for a long time, no work is noticed, much less progress in the way of countering the rival. Even non-hierarchical teams like Getafe get into the Camp Nou and with very little they generate arrivals and danger to the Catalans. This was the 1-1 last Sunday. First offensive action of the rival and goal. Easy. This is how Barcelona is today.