Ronald Koeman has spoken with confidence ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League last 16 second leg against Paris Saint-Germain, where the Blaugrana will try to overcome a 4-1 first leg deficit.
The coach knows it’ll be tough and dismissed comparisons with Barcelona’s recent comeback from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.
“I hope it can be different to the first leg and it’ll depend on how we start the match, on the energy we put into it to try to make life difficult for the opposition,” Koeman said in his pre-match press conference, where Frenkie de Jong also spoke to the media.
“They were very clinical in the first game and we have to be in this one. We’re a team that can always create chances. If we are clinical, nothing is impossible.
“I think we had good moments in the first leg. Then, the Sevilla win in the Copa del Rey has given us confidence, although we can’t compare the Sevilla comeback to this attempt.
“PSG are strong and aspiring to win the Champions League.
“We’ll need a complete performance to be able to come back.
“Barcelona will always go out to win every game and I hope we can make life difficult for them.”
The other big talking point of the Dutchman’s press conference was Joan Laporta and his election as president.
“Laporta and I had greeted each other many times in the past and I also know Frank Rijkaard very well, who had Laporta as a president,” Koeman said.
“He told me that Laporta gives a lot of confidence to players and that he is very involved in trying to help coaches and players.
“He has come into the dressing room well and there was a good atmosphere as he spoke a little.
“He won the election by a significant margin and it’s very good for the club to have a president like him.
“[My future] will depend on results, in the end.
“[As for Lionel Messi’s future] I know that the new president has a past with him and with others players, which is positive.
“Only Messi can decide his future, though. Everyone at Barcelona wants him to continue.