Ronald Koeman slams Barcelona’s fixture schedule

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was furious at a press conference about his team's schedules this season.  He is not happy that his team is playing so many games at 21-00 CET.

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was furious at a press conference about his team’s schedules this season. He is not happy that his team is playing so many games at 21:00 CET.

This season’s match schedule is the busiest yet. The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a crowded match schedule and hundreds of players and coaches have had the virus themselves. All this, as well as the international breaks, has complicated things a lot.

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was very critical of his team’s exit times at a press conference. This Saturday, they travel to face Atlético de Madrid at 21:00 CET.

“We know that for the big clubs it is a very tight schedule. Playing three games (in the international break) instead of two is not good. I understand the coaches of the national team because I have been one, but I have never risked with a player, I do not understand why we play all our games away from home at nine at night ”, complained Koeman. .

“All the Ukraine and Russia games have been played at seven and we have to play at nine. I don’t understand it, it doesn’t help a great team when they have to play every three days. I understand it for Atlético de Madrid against Barça because it is a great game that everyone wants to see, but not for the rest. I am very against it and you have to think more about the big clubs and the players. We’re not doing well in that regard. “

Koeman also revealed that Philippe Coutinho “could start” against Atlético after saying that the midfielder trained without problems throughout the week.

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