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'Age Doesn't Matter For Me, It's What I See on the Pitch That Matters' - Ronald Koeman

Ali Shibil Roshan
Ronald Koeman
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FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said what he sees the players do on the pitch matters for him and not their age.

Koeman has given opportunities to several youngsters since becoming the Barcelona coach, and 18-year-old Ilaix Moriba became the latest player to make headlines as he scored in the club's 2-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga.

Post their win over Osasuna, Koeman talked about Moriba and giving opportunities to youngsters.

"It was a great goal," Koeman said of Ilaix's strike [via Marca].

He added: "Every time he comes into the team, he adds something. He's good on the ball and is a strong boy physically. He's pushing to be in the first team more often.

"We're really proud of being able to bring younger players through the ranks. We do it because they deserve to have opportunities.

"People like Pedri, Ilaix, Riqui, Mingueza and Araujo show they have a big future. As a coach, I've always given opportunities to youngsters because they are a club's future."

Koeman also insisted players' age does not matter for him and what does is their performance on the pitch. He said: "Of course, it's easier to bring young players through in the Netherlands because the standard of the league isn't like it is here, but I think Barcelona have a lot of talent in their ranks.

"They deserve these opportunities. Playing youngsters isn't an excuse, though. We have to win things here. If you can do it with youngsters, even better.

"For me, the most important thing is that they're competitive. Age doesn't matter for me, it's what I see on the pitch that matters."