Valencia threat highlighted by Koeman

16 October 2021 14:40:27 CET
Ronald Koeman is aware of Valencia's threat

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has branded Sunday's visit of Valencia as a "must win" game and is anticipating a "tough" test at the Camp Nou.

Barca are 1/2 to beat Los Che, who can be backed at 5/1 to come out on top, with the draw 7/2 in their La Liga contest.

Tough start to the season

The Catalan giants have had a challenging start to the 2021/22 campaign since losing star talent and six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi in the summer.

After seven league games, they find themselves locked in mid-table obscurity with pressure mounting on manager Koeman amidst rumours the board are plotting a change.

We must win because it is a very important match.

Ronald Koeman

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They signed off for the October international break with a disappointing 2-0 defeat against reigning champions Atletico Madrid, while they have also made a miserable start to their current Champions League campaign.

Barcelona have lost both of their opening matches in Group E by 3-0 scorelines against Bayern Munich and Benfica and they look at risk of missing out on a place in the knockout phase.

Two teams looking for form

But Koeman remains in the dugout and hopes his team can begin a turnaround in fortunes with a victory this weekend against Valencia, who themselves have had an inconsistent league campaign with three wins, three draws and two defeats.

Speaking about Sunday'scontest, Koeman said: "It is true that we expect a tough game. The Bordalas teams and their system are competitive. We have to improve things in defence. And we play at home.

"We will carry the weight of the game. We must win because it is a very important match."

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