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Barcelona are lacking hunger, says Koeman

Former Barcelona star Ronald Koeman believes the La Liga giants have lacked hunger and drive in recent weeks.

Former Barcelona star Ronald Koeman believes the La Liga giants have lacked hunger and drive in recent weeks.

In the absence of Tito Vilanova, who is in New York recovering from cancer, Barca have stumbled, recording disappointing losses against both AC Milan and Real Madrid in the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

The Netherlands legend and Feyenoord coach feels they have struggled lately, but remains confident they will win La Liga thanks to their huge lead at the top.

“I think they lack hunger and other things,” Koeman told Marca.

“That they drop off form at an individual and collective level is normal after playing so many games at such a high level. It’s impossible to be as great as Barca have been for so many years.

“Madrid are focused on the game in the Champions League more than the one against Barcelona. The distance between them and Barca is too great and Barca will win the title easily.

“Barcelona have been far from their best. They have lacked a target man because (Lionel) Messi can play a little behind or on the wing. Barca have sometimes lacked these resources.”

Barca have a two-goal deficit to overturn against AC Milan in the Champions League, but Koeman feels they can do so with a top-level showing.

“There has to be recognition that the 2-0 loss makes it a very complicated task. Barca have to play one of the best games in history to come back from this result,” he said.

Sat 2 March, 2013
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