‘You really think we can play tiki-taka?’: Ronald Koeman insists Barcelona have no choice but to play direct after throwing Gerard Pique up front to scrape 1-1 draw with Granada
- Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw by Granada at the Nou Camp on Monday
- It took Ronaldo Araujo until the 90th minute to equalise for the Catalans
- Their tiki-taka football is a thing of the past, throwing Gerard Pique up-front late
- Ronaldo Koeman admitted their direct style is all they can do amid the crisis
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman defended himself against critics of his side’s performance against Granada by suggesting that with the players he has it is impossible to play any other way.
Koeman got the famous ‘tiki-taka’ phrase slightly wrong but the sentiment was understood when he asked reporters: ‘If you see the squad list today do you really think we can play tiki-taki (sic)?’
Barcelona finished the game against Granada with Gerard Pique playing up front alongside Luuk de Jong but neither the totem pole striker or his makeshift sidekick could get Barcelona’s equaliser which did finally come from centre-back Ronald Araujo.
Barcelona scraped to a late 1-1 draw with Granada at the Nou Camp on Monday evening
Ronald Koeman was forced to throw Gerard Pique into the attack in search of an equaliser
Koeman added: ‘Barca right now is not the Barca of eight years ago.
‘We play the Barca way but we don’t have the speed in wide areas because we have Coutinho who cuts inside and Demir who doesn’t reach the byline much.
‘When Ansu Fati and Dembele come back then we will be different but they are not fit so we have to find alternatives.’
Koeman moaned about Granada’s time-wasting after the visitors took the lead after just two minutes. He also batted away a question about his future.
Domingos Duarte scored after just two minutes to shock the Catalans early in the LaLiga clash
It took until the 90th minute for Ronaldo Araujo to finally put the Spanish giants level
Barcelona are being force to struggle for points, letting go of their old fluid tiki-taka style
‘They wasted time from the second minute,’ he said. ‘So much time is wasted with silly things, with injuries that are not injuries.
The referee should not wait until minute 88 to show their keeper a yellow card.’
Asked how he thought the result might affect his prospects of staying in the job he said: ‘I am not going to talk any more about my future.’
The Catalans sit seventh in LaLiga after four matches, having already dropped points to Athletic Bilbao. The face a trip to 13th-placed Cadiz next on Thursday.