Ronald Koeman has been handed a new nickname ‘Sergeant Koeman’ by squad members after realizing he’s not messing around as Barcelona manager.
The Dutchman wanted the job his entire career, but wants to set the tone right away, and his players are already noticing the difference.
According to a report from Marca, claims that the players are discussing among themselves how things have changed with Koeman in charge of training.
For example, has increased the length of training sessions from 60 to 90 minutes, and he’s demanding full intensity from all the players, something that was missing under Ernesto Valverde and especially Quique Setién.
Koeman also wants to establish discipline and accountability with the team, demanding that all players are on the pitch at the scheduled time for start of training, not allowing anyone to waste time in the dressing room and delay the session by even a minute.
Interestingly, Koeman’s arrival has also coincided with a change in disciplinary standards – something which had also been slipping at Barcelona in recent years.
All players are required to turn up at the Sant Joan Despi facilities one hour before training starts so that they’re ready for work.
Respect is also a key aspect of Koeman’s set-up – one player has already caught his attention after talking while he was explaining a drill.
It remains to be seen whether the Dutchman can keep up these standards throughout the season.
At the last count, when a new coach arrives, players often knuckle down and accept their new methods, but it can be different with the passing of time.