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Koeman insists Barcelona have no choice but to play immediately after a 1-1 draw with Granada

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‘Do you really think we can play tiki-taka?’: Ronald Koeman insists Barcelona have no choice but to play straight after throwing Gerard Pique up front to scrape 1-1 draw with Granada

  • Barcelona was held to a 1-1 draw by Granada at Camp Nou on Monday
  • Ronaldo Araujo needed until the 90th minute to equalize for the Catalans
  • Their tiki-taka football is a thing of the past, leaving Gerard Pique thrown up front late
  • Ronaldo Koeman admitted their direct style is all they can do during 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 misread the famous “tiki-taka” phrase, but the sentiment was understood when he asked reporters, “When you see today’s squad list, do you really think we can play tiki-taki (sic)?” ‘

Barcelona ended the game against Granada with Gerard Pique playing up front alongside Luuk de Jong, but neither the totem pole striker or his makeshift sidekick were able to get Barcelona’s equalizing goal, which ultimately came from central defender Ronald Araujo.

Barcelona cleared to a late 1-1 draw with Granada at Camp Nou . on Monday night

Ronald Koeman had to throw Gerard Pique into the attack in search of an equalizer

Ronald Koeman had to throw Gerard Pique into the attack in search of an equalizer

Koeman added: “Barca at the moment is not the Barca of eight years ago.

“We play the Barca way but we don’t have the speed in big areas because we have Coutinho cutting in and Demir not reaching the byline very often.

“If Ansu Fati and Dembele come back, we will be different, but they are not fit, so we have to find alternatives.”

Koeman complained about Granada’s loss of time when the visitors took the lead after just two minutes. He also skipped a question about his future.

Domingos Duarte scored after two minutes to shock the Catalans early in the LaLiga clash

Domingos Duarte scored after two minutes to shock the Catalans early in the LaLiga clash

It took until the 90th minute for Ronaldo Araujo to finally level the Spanish giants

It took until the 90th minute for Ronaldo Araujo to finally level the Spanish giants

Barcelona are forced to compete for points and let go of their old flowing tiki-taka style

Barcelona are forced to compete for points and let go of their old flowing tiki-taka style

“They wasted time from the second minute,” he said. “So much time is wasted on crazy things, with injuries that aren’t injuries.

The referee should not wait until minute 88 to show their keeper a yellow card.’

When asked how he thought the result might affect his prospects of staying in the job, he said, “I’m not going to talk about my future anymore.”

The Catalans are seventh in LaLiga after four games, having already dropped points to Athletic Bilbao. The face of a trip to 13th placed Cadiz next Thursday.

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