There is great excitement at Barcelona right now over the return of Ansu Fati and his great form, but Ronald Koeman has warned that the teenager is still not 100 percent.
The coach explained that Ansu Fati can’t play every game right now, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Dynamo Kyiv.
“It’s impossible for Ansu Fati to play three full games in seven days,” Koeman said in a press conference.
“He is a young player with a lot of quality, and one that stands for the future of this club.
“[His contract renewal] is close I think, which is good news.”
Discussing the club’s position in their Champions League group, Koeman reiterated his stance that a deep run cannot be expected.
“I don’t know,” he replied when asked what would be considered a good Champions League campaign.
“It depends on the circumstances. It’s not normal to expect a place in the quarter-finals, semis or final. You have to take it one game at a time.
“We have to win to have a chance to go through to the next round. We know what we have to do. We have to win.”
When asked about why Barcelona’s defeats hurt much more in the Champions League than anywhere else, Koeman was straight to the point.
“Because the big teams have improved a lot and Barcelona haven’t,” he said.
“There is a change. There are teams these days that have a good balance in the squad. They have teams of 23 international players and a much better financial position.”
“We have competition here too and we will do what’s best for the squad.”
Koeman also insisted during his appearance with the media that he is not looking ahead to El Clasico, which takes place on Sunday. Instead, he says his focus is fully on Wednesday night.