Ron Vlaar states that Ronald Koeman must make sure that Barcelona players adjust their game when Luuk de Jong starts at the base. The former defender actually expected Koeman to use the Dutch striker as a pinchhitter.
Vlaar gets asked what he expects from De Jong before the game. “I find it really hard to say because you actually expect him to come to force something. Now hes going to start… “, says Vlaar in RTL 7s studio. “You have to adjust your game to that. If you need a goal, but now it starts…”
Koeman, of course, knows De Jong from his time as the national coach of Orange. Vlaar thinks Koeman has his plan ready. “He needs balls off the flanks. That could be because they have offensive backs of course. They often get over it. Koeman will have his plan ready. He knows how to use De Jong.”
As a close, Vlaar briefly addresses the situation in which Koeman was in late last season. The exercise master was under heavy fire at Camp Nou, but the air has now cleared. “Im surprised Koeman is so stressed. I know about the mess that goes on with Laporta, but I dont usually know him like that”, Vlaar concludes.