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Sport Barca have great future but Koeman urges patience following Champions League rout

05:01  21 october  2020
05:01  21 october  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Follow all the action from Camp Nou as Ronald Koeman 's Barcelona host Ferencvaros in Group G of the 2020-21 Champions League . Barça were gradually exerting their dominance at the end of the half and racked up 13 shots in total over the course of the opening 45.

Ronald Koeman is expected to field a weakened team on Tuesday with an eye towards the first Clasico of the season this coming weekend. Barcelona couldn't have hoped for a kinder first match back in the Champions League since their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in last season's knockout stage.

Ronald Koeman said Barcelona have a great future but called for patience after their 5-1 Champions League rout of Ferencvaros.

Ronald Koeman standing in front of a crowd: Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman (R) and Lionel Messi (L) © Getty Images Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman (R) and Lionel Messi (L)

Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele were all on target for Barca, who made a winning start in Group G on Tuesday, while Gerard Pique was sent off in the second half.

Barca are coming off a tumultuous 2019-20 season, which saw the club dethroned by bitter rivals Real Madrid in LaLiga and humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The embattled Spanish powerhouse turned to Netherlands boss Koeman and the Dutch head coach has overseen just one loss in five competitive matches this season.

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Erling Haaland kept up his prolific Champions League scoring form with a second-half goal to make it 2-1 but that With Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out following a positive test for Covid-19, Dejan Kulusevski was twinned with Morata up front and Federico Chiesa created some early chances for the visitors.

UEFA Champions League . And while Koeman was impressed – the Dutchman had been shown beaming as he embraced Fati after his 70th-minute withdrawal – he was keen to remind both the player and fans that "We must highlight the game and performance of Ansu Fati," Koeman told reporters.

"We play different," Koeman told reporters after Barca became the first team ever to have two goalscorers aged 17 or under in a single Champions League match thanks to Fati and Pedri.

"We have made changes on the team, we have made changes on the squad, we have chosen young people, so we can't expect more from this team right now.

"We're good, this team is gonna have a great future, but it must improve. Playing with young players, different tactics…. Be calm, I ask you to give a margin.

"We are going to improve. We can't demand it in two or three weeks, but you'll see that soon the team will play better, will be more comfortable, but we need time."

Antoine Griezmann was an unused substitute at Camp Nou, where Koeman opted to use Pedri and Dembele off the bench after Trincao started alongside Messi and Fati.

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CAF Champions League . CAF Confederation Cup. Africa Cup of Nations Qualification. And while Koeman was impressed – the Dutchman had been shown beaming as he embraced Fati After Luis Suarez departed Barca to join Atletico Madrid – where he had a dream debut on Sunday – Koeman

Great Koeman Barcelona Champions League goals. It was a fantastic feeling because it was the first Champions League at that time for Barcelona. You can't compare scoring one of five or one of seven penalties with scoring a free-kick in extra time; that's very different.

Messi became the first player to score in 16 successive Champions League campaigns after his 27th-minute penalty opened the scoring for Barcelona.

Fati doubled the lead with a volley as he became the first player to have scored two Champions League goals before celebrating his 18th birthday.

On Griezmann's absence, Koeman – whose Barca face Madrid in Saturday's Clasico – added: "We look for the best eleven for each game, today we have opted for Trincao playing wide, and then Ousmane [Dembele] in order to have depth on the wing.

"Let's see Saturday, it will be another game. It's my job to prepare the team and have the best squad for each moment."

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