Spain Supercup Sees it as an even competition
Barcelona are set to face Real Sociedad in the semi final of the Supercopa de Espana on Wednesday.
However, in his pre-match press conference, coach Ronald Koeman stated that he did not see his side as favourites for the competition, despite being on good form.
“I don’t think so,” he replied when asked if Barcelona were favourites. “It doesn’t depend on a team’s recent form.
“Real [Sociedad] had a great start to LaLiga Santander. I’ve seen several of their games and they seem to me like one of the best teams in the division.
“For me there is no clear cut favourite to win the Supercopa,” he said.
“The four teams participating have the mentality of doing their best to win a title. All four of us have a chance, as do we.
“We want to continue with the image that we’ve been displaying lately.
“The team is growing. It is an opportunity to show that we are in a good way.”
Asked about Leo messi, Koeman assured that the Argentine was fine despite suffering a knock in the last game against Granada.
“The other day, there were several players who felt some discomfort, one of whom was Leo,” he said.
“That’s why we subbed him off, like Frenkie [de Jong] and [Sergino] Dest, but it seems that everyone is available for tomorrow.
“That includes [Ronald] Araujo. Although he didn’t train this afternoon.”
Barcelona have impressive of late and Koeman heaped praise on his players.
“I think the team is confident and focused,” he declared. “We have improved in that sense.
“Also, when we don’t have the ball, the team is together and leaves no space. Then there is the quality of our players from midfield.
“But Leo has also played as a false 9 in several games. Everyone, in general, is more confident.”
Asked about a potential Clasico in the final, with Real Madrid facing Athletic Club in the other semi final, Koeman didn’t want to get ahead of himself.
“I am not in favour of talking about the final before the semi final,” he said.
“You have to win and then see who wins in the other match.
“Hopefully we will win, but you have to have a good game to go through.”