21 Aug Barcelona’s Koeman added nothing to my profession at Everton
Watford ahead Gerard Deulofeu has mentioned newly appointed Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman “added nothing” to his profession when he performed for the Dutchman at Everton.
Koeman, 57, signed a two-year take care of Barcelona on Wednesday to switch Quique Setien, who was sacked following the team’s Champions League 8-2 demolition by the hands of Bayern Munich.
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Deulofeu performed underneath Koeman for six months in 2017 earlier than leaving the Toffees and becoming a member of AC Milan on mortgage seeking extra minutes.
“Talking from my expertise, I’ve little or no to say about Koeman,” Deulofeu instructed Onda Cero radio. “The six months I used to be at Everton with him, he completely added nothing [to my career].
“I wasn’t blissful within the team or with him. It was a sporting concern. The coach did not need me whereas the [club] president did. I wasn’t going to have any minutes with him so fortunately, I used to be capable of go away.
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“I went to the membership president and to Koeman and instructed them that I wished to depart as a result of if I did not play, I wasn’t going to be blissful.
“Fortunately, I went to AC Milan. It is clearly very completely different, Everton from Barcelona, it is a completely different world, completely different gamers. He’s a coach that has character within the locker room. However from what I can say, at Everton it did not work out and also you did not see [the team playing] good football. We will see what occurs at Barca.”
Koeman, who left his function as Netherlands boss to return to Barcelona, has an extended historical past on the Camp Nou.
As a participant, he was a part of Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Workforce” and scored the successful aim when the membership gained the European Cup for the primary time in 1992.
He returned to Camp Nou as Louis van Gaal’s assistant earlier than embarking on a managerial profession that has seen him coach in Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and England.
Deulofeu, who left Barcelona in 2018 to hitch Watford, mentioned it was painful to observe his boyhood membership lose 8-2 in opposition to Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarterfinals.
“It was horrible,” he mentioned. “It felt like they [Barca] have been taking part in in opposition to planes. Few occasions have I seen in a contest because the Champions League is, to see what I noticed. It actually shocked me. I noticed a really weak Barca within the recreation in opposition to Bayern.”
Barca wish to make a serious overhaul of the squad, with veteran gamers anticipated to depart this summer time to make room for the children like Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Ronald Araujo, Francisco Trincao and Pedri Gonzalez, a transfer that Deulofeu considers lengthy overdue.
“I believe Barca are years late in relation to giving the younger gamers an opportunity, having the endurance to permit them to develop within the team,” he added. “Individuals like me who’ve been there know that this could have been completed years in the past.”