Koeman says USMNT star Dest could make first Barcelona start on Saturday

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 17, 2020

Ronald Koeman is determined for his Barcelona team to returning to winning ways away to Getafe on Saturday, and the club can be encouraged by the fact they haven't suffered defeat at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez for nine years.

Griezmann started Barca's first three league fixtures this season on the right of a three-man attack, but returned to a central role on global duty with France.

After scoring in the 2-1 win against Croatia on Wednesday, the 29-year-old said he felt good while representing his country because Didier Deschamps "plays me in my best position".

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Koeman told Griezmann to focus on delivering on the pitch rather than worry about his position.

'I have spoken with Antoine and I told him that I'm looking out for what is best for the team.

With many Barcelona players away for worldwide duty recently, Dest stayed with the club due to the USMNT not having any games scheduled.

"He can play in three positions".

'I have no problem with Antoine. I can only play one No. 9, one No. 10, one No. 7 etc. I do not play any players out of position. If he has another position that he likes more, that is the situation, but we can not have 10 players in the same role (No 10).

"I decide based on what's best for the team".

With the Champions League about to start, the former Feyenoord coach would be forgiven for resting players, yet he has confirmed he won't be dropping big names for the trip to Getafe.

The U.S. national team full-back made his debut for Barca off the bench on October 4, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute for Jordi Alba in a 1-1 draw against Sevilla.

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