Koeman calls for patience after the Ferencvaros 5-1 Champions League race


Ronald Koeman said that Barcelona had a great future, but he called for patience after the Ferencvaros 5-1 Champions League race.

Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Pedri, and Ousmane Dembele were all on goal for Barca, who won Group G on Tuesday, though Gerard Pique was sent off in the second half.

Barca is coming out of the turbulent 2019-20 season, which saw the club dethroned by the bitter rivals of Real Madrid in La Liga and embarrassed Bayern Munich 8-2 in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The battered Spanish powerhouse turned to Netherlands manager Koeman, and the Dutch head coach oversaw just one defeat in five competitive matches this season.

“We’re playing differently,” Koeman told reporters after Barca became the first team ever to have two goal scorers aged 17 or under in a single Champions League match thanks to Fati and Pedri.

“We’ve made changes to the management, we’ve made changes to the squad, we’ve selected young people, so we can’t expect more from this team right now.

“We’re fine, this team is going to have a bright future, but it needs to change. Playing with young players, different tactics, be cool, I ask you to allow yourself a margin. We’re going to change. We can’t demand that in two or three weeks, but you’re going to see that soon the team will play better, be more relaxed, but we need time.”

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