Koeman’s team is looking for a win against the azulones in a week marked by the closing of the transfer market.
Barcelona want to take a step forward at home against Getafe. The team led by Ronald Koeman seeks to put aside all the news of the transfer market, which is giving much to talk about in the Barça team, and focus on an important game to consolidate the good feelings of the first day, make a fort of the Camp Nou and climb to the top of the rankings. A key three in one to go with good feelings to the break for international commitments.
“Each player in this squad knows who we have and that they will have difficulties playing. It is impossible to have 32 players on the roster. I have done the coaching course, but not with 32 players, “Koeman assured the umpteenth question about the summer transfer window just one day before taking on Getafe. His answer makes clear the tiredness of a technician tired of the market and who seeks to turn the spotlights towards the grass.
It is there, in the game rectangle, where the Barça coach hopes to see again the best version of his team, the one that shone against Real Sociedad on the first day. Koeman will recover important footballers such as Ter Stegen, Óscar Mingueza and Philippe Coutinho. They are the main novelties together with Samuel Umtiti and Miralem Pjanic, footballers whom the Dutchman intends to give a chance after the club cannot find an exit in the transfer market.
Apart from them, they will still have to wait for Ansu Fati, with high but still without competitive rhythm, Sergio Agüero, Gerard Piqué and Ousmane Dembélé due to injury and Eric García, sent off last week against Athletic. In addition to these absences, neither will Pedri, who the club has given a vacation to after his marathon summer with the Eurocup and the Olympic Games.
Thus the things, Koeman will be able to form with an eleven full of novelties. Ter Stegen will occupy the goal instead of Neto. Sergiño Dest, Ronald Araujo, Lenglet and Jordi Alba will form behind in the absence of Piqué and Eric García. In the center of the field Sergio Busquets and Frenkie De Jong will repeat but Pedri’s place will be occupied by Sergi Roberto, and up there will be again the trident formed by Memphis, Griezmann and Braithwaite.
These eleven players will seek the goal of starting to make a strong Camp Nou, something crucial for Koeman. «It is always important to win at home. Last year we left a lot of points. There is no easy game in this championship, “said the coach at a press conference. In this sense, the precedents are favorable for Barça against a Getafe that does not know what it is to win in the Blaugrana fiefdom and that has lost in five of its last six visits.
As if this were not enough, the team that Míchel coaches arrives in Barcelona after two defeats in the first two games against Sevilla and Valencia and has yet to score a single goal. Despite this, the Madrid coach made it clear at a press conference that “whoever knows him knows that he does not sign a draw against Barça.” To add something positive, the azulones will have to overcome this bad start and losses of players called to be differentials in the team such as Vitolo, with a soleus injury, and Cucurella, still pending to resolve his future.
Ter Stegen, Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, De Jong, Griezmann, Braithwaite and Memphis
David Soria, Trace, Djené, Mitrovic, Olivera, Suárez, Aleñá, Maksimovic, Jankto, Sandro y Enes Ünal
González Fuertes (Asturian Committee
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
TIME AND TV:
17:00 hours. Movistar LaLiga