Guardiola’s statements after their victory over Barnsley and Koeman’s statements
Guardiola: We still have a lot of work to do and we don’t have time before the Charity Shield
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola spoke about his team’s victory over Barnsley, a Premier League club.
The two teams won four goals for free in the friendly match that brought the two teams together today, Saturday, in preparation for the 2021-2022 new season.
“It’s a preparatory season and there are a lot of things that need to be improved,” Pep Guardiola said after the match.
“The opponent wanted to play and kept attacking and it was a good test for us. We tried to give the young players a chance to play, and the Charity Shield final awaits after 7 days. We don’t have much time.”
The Spanish coach added: “Tomorrow we will train. Then we have another friendly match on Tuesday, after which we will prepare for the final against Leicester.”
Pep Guardiola said of City’s performance: “We are still very far from our level, but it is normal, there are a lot of things that need to be improved.”
Guardiola concluded, “Tomorrow, two or three players will return to training, and at the end of the week, other players will gradually return. All the players will return and the team will be complete.”
Manchester City had won its first friendly match against Preston North End with two goals without a match.
Manchester City is preparing to face Leicester City next Saturday at Wembley in the Community Shield Cup, which will be held with the start of the new season in England.
Koeman after Barcelona’s victory over Stuttgart: We did a good performance and Debye is great:
Dutch coach Ronald Koeman has praised his compatriot, Memphis Depay, the newcomer to the Catalan team.
After his brilliance in Barca’s 3-0 victory over Stuttgart in the friendly match.
Which was held between them this evening, Saturday, at the “Mercedes-Benz Arena”, as part of the Catalan team’s preparations for the start of the new football season 2021-2022 next August.
“I am very happy with the team’s performance and I think we performed well against a very good team that started preparing before us,” Koeman said.
“We played well and we had the ball in the second half and we controlled the game and we had the chances to score more than one goal.”
He added, “We played well and the ball was ours in the second half. We controlled the game and we had opportunities to score more than one goal. We gave playing time to many players and I think we achieved what we wanted from the match.”
Regarding Memphis Depay, Koeman commented to the club’s channel, saying: “Overall, he is a great player who scored the first goal today and proved that he has a wonderful harmony with Griezmann.”
And about young Yusef Demir, Koman said: “A great talent, he has a great future, like the rest of the players who played today, and this is important for the club’s future.”
Koeman concluded, “We have two weeks to prepare. In general, the team did a great performance, and the players showed today that they have a lot of quality.”
Dutch star Memphis Depay opened the scoring for Barcelona in the 21st minute of the match.
Then Youssef Demir added the second goal in the 36th minute before Ricky Puig scored the third goal in the 74th minute of the match.
Barcelona had defeated its rival Girona by three goals to one in a friendly match.
The one that brought them together recently was preceded by a wide victory over his counterpart Jimansek by 4-0 in the match that brought the two teams together recently at the Johan Cruyff stadium.