By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Barcelona was known for their “tiki taka” style of play, however, it seems like the style has not been yeilding a lot under Ronald Koeman’s watch, and this seems very threatening to him.
During Barcelona’s first match since going down 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Barca narrowly avoided suffering another home defeat with Granada, who opened the score line with an early goal from Domingos Duarte’s header in the second minutes of the game.
Barcelona with about 54 crosses, had to pull one goal back by Ronald Araujo’s header. This saw the game ending in a draw with both sides going with a point each.
The Catalans boss, Koeman while on the post match interview said: “Our bad start made it very difficult for us. It was a play with two or three previous actions that we have not played well, then the cross and the goal have arrived.
“You face a team that is going to waste time from minute one, that is going to defend more and without spaces. It is all more difficult.
“The space was on the wings, not inside. Our basic system is 4-3-3 and that’s how we played in the first half, then with [Philippe] Coutinho behind and Memphis on the left.
“But the Barca of today is not the Barca of eight years ago. It’s not the game we want, but we lack players for one-on-one situations. Coutinho and [Yusuf] Demir go more inside.
“With Ansu [Fati] and [Ousmane] Dembele we would have [these players], but they are not here and we have to look for other ways to attack, such as playing more on the outside and crossing.
“If you see the team sheet, what else should be done? Play ‘tiki-taka’ if there is no space?
“We didn’t want to play like this at the start of the game, but it wasn’t easy to play short and we don’t have players with speed on the wing.
Koeman went further to state that “There was no room on the inside, but there was room on the outside for Dest and Memphis to cross on the left and [Oscar] Mingueza [nine crosses off the bench] on the right.
“In the end, we were able to draw at a time when we were good at squeezing the opponent. But we have lost two points.”
Although securing a narrowing draw with the Granadas’ he didn’t fail to acknowledge his players.: “We must highlight the attitude.”, he said.
“People leave unhappy because we don’t win, but not because of the attitude. I want to highlight the energy we put into winning a point. We have had dedication and the support of our people, who have encouraged us and to whom I thank.
“We deserved the draw and with a bit of luck we were able to win. And that also has to be seen. You have to highlight the ambition to want to win.” Koeman concluded.