21 Feb Dest switched off towards Mbappe; wants extra focus
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman stated Sergino Dest switched off too many occasions within the 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek and known as on the USMNT worldwide to be extra aggressive.
Dest has been out and in of the Barca team with a thigh drawback because the flip of the yr however was picked forward of Oscar Mingueza to cope with the risk posed by PSG ahead Kylian Mbappe on the left.
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Nevertheless, Dest struggled to become familiar with Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick, earlier than the ex-Ajax right-back was changed by Mingueza within the second half.
“Possibly as a result of he has not been enjoying commonly and since he has had some accidents, that was an affect on his participation within the team,” Koeman stated in a information convention on Saturday.
“However now he’s OK, he is bodily OK. He’s  years outdated however he must study, he must be extra aggressive, he must be extra concentrated. He had too many durations within the sport the place he is not 100% centered. We spoke to him about this.”
Dest joined Barca from Ajax for an preliminary payment of €20 million in October and has made 24 appearances in all competitions this season.
The USMNT right-back bought off to a very good begin, impressing within the Clasico defeat to Actual Madrid on the finish of final yr, however a thigh harm has disrupted his kind in current months.
Koeman, who pushed laborious for the signing of Dest final summer season, believes he can nonetheless develop into a key participant for the Catalan facet, however warned him enjoying for Barca is totally completely different from enjoying for Ajax.
“He is a younger participant, that is good, he can study, however he must study,” the Dutch coach, who additionally performed for Ajax and Barca, added.
“With all of the positives he can convey to the team, he [also] must study it’s a huge step to play for Barcelona than to play in Holland. He wants time, he wants recommendation, nevertheless it begins with the participant himself.”
Dest has been included within the Barca squad to face Cadiz at Camp Nou on Sunday in La Liga as they appear to bounce again from Tuesday’s Champions League round-of-16 first leg loss to PSG.
Barca’s season has been written off since then, with comebacks wanted to remain in Europe and the Copa del Rey, whereas they’re 9 factors behind leaders Atletico Madrid within the league.
“The Champions League may be very difficult from right here however within the Copa, with higher ending and a little bit of luck, I believe we will flip it round [a 2-0 semifinal deficit against Sevilla],” Koeman stated.
“Till the tie has been performed, it isn’t over. I imagine we will get by means of. And we’re in good kind within the league, even when we’re relying on teams above us dropping factors. I’m not as unfavorable as you counsel.”
Barca are nonetheless with out Sergi Roberto, Ronald Araujo, Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati by means of harm towards Cadiz, though Gerard Pique may characteristic once more after making a powerful restoration from knee ligament injury to begin towards PSG.