Will FC Barcelona bounce back or will they perish under Koeman?

Having endured an off-season full of drama and upheaval following their devastating 8-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, the start of the new campaign offered new dawn for Barcelona

The Blaugrana has had a difficult start to the season with two successive defeats in the Champions League and after that, they again lost to the Defending Champions of La-Liga, and after that to the Los Blancos in the El-Classico.

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Ronald Koeman has been questioned ever since he has been appointed as the manager. Except for a 2-0 win over Juventus, his side has failed to win every single match against the big boys of Europe. His tactics haven’t worked and the defensive formation of Barcelona has just been shattered by big teams.

Koeman’s tactics against Benfica was surprising. Instead of replacing Gerard Pique with another defender when he picked up an early yellow card, Koeman shifted Frenkie De Jong into his backline and thus Barcelona suffered, even more, trying to set up their forwards without De Jong in a creative role.

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Understandably, Barcelona would be far from their best this season, but everyone wanted to see some positives under the Dutchman, who has shown signs of questionable game management, a lack of elite mentality, and in some places, even a style of football that takes away from the Barca DNA.

The conventional “tiki-taka” has been missing and Koeman has implemented more direct football and said his team can’t afford to play the ‘tiki-taka’ style of the game anymore.

Koeman wants to make Dest a right-winger, which hasn’t clicked to date and players like Riqui Puig has not had enough chances even though the midfield has failed on several occasions. Eric Garcia didn’t live up to his expectation in any of the single games, while Depay hasn’t been lethal. The only glimmer of hope has been Barca’s new number 10 Ansu Fati. Aguero has played a couple of minutes and he has also scored in the El-Clasico.

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The Catalan giants are in a miserable position in La-Liga as well as in UCL. Ronald Koeman needs to dig deep and bring out changes in his formation as well as in gameplay if he wants to bring back the good old days of Barcelona.

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