Ronald Koeman’s recent assessment of his team’s strength and current tactical master plan was shocking as well as realistic.
Barcelona are not the team they use to be and completely far away from the 2008 Barcelona team that dominated and won virtually everything in club football.
Under Pep Guardiola, Barcelona was the greatest football club in the world and their style of football was exquisite, domineering and in Sir Alex Ferguson words, ‘football at its best’.
Koeman knows what it takes to build a world class Barcelona team and implant a style of play first inculcated by Johan Crufyy. But what he can’t do is to turn a bunch of average players with very low technical skills into a world class team.
He can’t turn Philippe Coutinho into Andres Iniesta nor can he turn Luuk De Jong into Lionel Messi but what he can do is to create a pattern of football that can get the best out of his current team.
A pattern of football that can help Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati, Ousame Dembele and others help Barcelona fight for the La Liga title and hopefully, retian the Copa Del Rey.