He also knows Ronald Keeman very well, having played with him in Johan Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team’ in the 1990s.
The work Ronald Koeman has done at Barca is inspiring
Albert Ferrer knows Barcelona and knows precisely what it is like to play in El Clasico. He also knows Ronald Keeman very well, having played with him in Johan Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team’ in the 1990s. “Nobody liked to lose El Clasico,” Ferrer told reporters. “But for the circumstances of this season at Barcelona, the project is working so well that even though you haven’t won this type of game or won trophies, it should be enough. I don’t know what Ronald Koeman has achieved if they will win any trophies. But this season, I think it should not be the most important thing. It is always essential at Barcelona to win, but the work that Koeman has done to give meaning to young players and to create a project and thinking in the medium term is inspiring.
“You never know in football. If they don’t win the league and they lose the final of the Copa del Rey, you can’t call it a good season. Will that be enough for them? I don’t know”. Ferrer believes that Ronald is playing a vital role in keeping Leo Messi at the club next season, too. “I am definitely convinced that Messi thinks this is the right project, that he feels comfortable again,” he said. “He has been carrying the weight of the team for 13 or 14 years, and there was a moment when he needed help. Ronald Koeman gave it to him. You see Messi important in the team, but there are now Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, Frenkie de Jong.”
“A lot of players that Messi can count on. Now Messi feels like he’s surrounded by a good bunch of young talent and a project that convinced him to stay.”