Koeman identified two Barcelona "defects" four months before likely appointment

Ronald Koeman identified two flaws with the way Barcelona play back in April, just four months before his likely appointment as Nou Camp boss.

The Dutchman is poised to leave his role as the Dutch national team manager and replace Quique Setien in the Barca hotseat in the coming days.

Setien's removal has been obvious ever since the humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday, with former Southampton and Everton boss Koeman now lined up to replace him.

Although his managerial experience in the Premier League proved to be something of an up and down one, Koeman is revered in Barcelona for his time as a player, and he scored the winning goal that clinched their first ever European Cup with a 1-0 win over Sampdoria at Wembley in 1992.

He has often been outspoken with his views on the way Barca have played in recent years, and speaking to Catalan publication Sport in April he highlighted the club's biggest issues.

Asked to point out the 'defects' in the squad, he said: "I see two.

"One, intensity. Like it or not, today the top teams play at a very intense rhythm for the 90 minutes. Barca find it hard to maintain that.

"We saw it in the famous Liverpool game, and in the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico this year (a 3-2 defeat in January).

"Barca were superior for 80 minutes, they disconnected the last 10 and Atletico, fresher and more intense, won."

And then when pressed on the second, he added:

"They don't dominate games like in previous years.

"In that aspect Barca have to get their identity back.

"That's part of their DNA, they've always had control, but a more effective control."

Koeman's appointment and Setien's removal are both set to be announced this week.

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