Koeman keeping his feet on the ground

29 August 2021 00:43:37 GMTPlus11
Koeman aware of Barca's place in the game

Coach Ronald Koeman says Barcelona's fans need to realise the level the club is at as they prepare themselves for a quiet end to the transfer window.

The Spanish giants are preparing to face Getafe this Sunday, with the home side 1/3 to win, the draw is 15/4, while Getafe are currently 15/2 to win away from home.

The future of Lionel Messi has plagued Barcelona's summer, but with the forward now at Paris Saint-Germain, the club are trying to plan for the future.

Koeman's men have started well on the pitch, picking up four points from their first two matches against Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao.

While rivals Real Madrid are trying to finalise a deal for Kylian Mbappe, Barcelona are set for a quiet few days.

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Koeman admits the club cannot compete financially with Manchester United, Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain, but he says the players must get on with the job.

Koeman understands Barca's place

He told reporters: "For everyone that wants the best for the club, it's frustrating, I understand it. On the other hand, we have to be realistic. Economically, the club can't compete with other clubs, with Paris, City, United. That's how it is at the moment.

"We can't demand what has been demanded before at this club. We have to understand the moment the club is in."

Barcelona will need to sell players in order to do any more business, with Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic and Ilaix Moriba all available.

For now, Koeman will focus his attention on Sunday's clash on home soil, but he will be unable to call upon the services of Eric Garcia, who is suspended. Sergio Aguero joins Gerard Pique, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati on the treatment table.

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