In an interview with Sport, the Barça B coach García Pimienta spoke on topics ranging from young players at his disposal to Ronald Koeman. Barça Universal takes you through his exclusive interview with the Catalan news outlet.
About his ambitions and future
The Spanish coach has been at Barcelona for almost 15 years now and has managed Barça’s youth teams and has been in charge of Barça B for three seasons now.
He replied “Everybody wants more. I was in Cadet A and I wanted to train Youth B, then A, Barça B … if I don’t have this goal, I shouldn’t be the subsidiary’s coach. It is very difficult, but players and coaches, we must all be prepared and excited,” when asked about his future ambitions.
Undoubtedly his loyalty to the club is second to none, however, when asked about what could make him leave, he replied “To get out of here it must be something that you really can’t even think about. It should be an impressive economic or sporting offer, but it is not my goal. My goal is to be here, Barça never remains.”
Performing players from the B team
This season, multiple player including the likes of Ilaix Moriba, Alex Collado and Konrad have been exceptional for the B team. With the departure of Carlos Alena and Koeman’s distrust in Miralem Pjanic, a spot opened up in the midfield for Moriba which he has occupied in almost perfect manner.
“I do not know if we have raced too much with Ilaix or has played because of the circumstances. His season in the subsidiary is brutal and in the first team, when he played, he did very well. In this last game, he came back with us and was one of the best players on the pitch. He has shown that he has to gain confidence and add minutes.”
The newly elected Barça board has made it a point to renew Álex Collado’s contract this season. The fact that he is a special player but still not able to make it into the first team must be frustrating for the Catalan midfielder. The Spanish manager explained his little pep talk with Collado at the start of the season.
“With Álex I have a special ‘feeling’, we have talked a lot and at the beginning of this season I told him that if we did not find a solution out of here, very, very good, we had to fight to be a first team player, pass this small toll of being another time at the subsidiary.
“His work is great and the most difficult thing will come from here, being a first-team player next season and having minutes,” said the Catalan coach.
Pimienta also spoke about Konrad’s season until now. “Maybe yes, but he is a special player, who receives more aggressive markings and is very young. He has not yet given his best version, but I am very happy with him,” said Pimienta when asked if Konrad is having a little trouble.
Barça B’s fight for 2nd division
Barça B have already qualified for the first RFEF division, which will replace Segunda B the next season. However, the team is competing to go up a division to La Liga Smartbank. With a 2-1 win over Alcoyano, the B team is nicely poised for earning a place in the promotional play offs.
Pimienta is very hopeful of earning a promotion this year and was asked a question about the same:
“When I went up to Barça B we were very young, but we were the same group. We showed our faces. Last season we didn’t get promoted by one goal. But in this one, we started from scratch, very young players and few who continued and this costs more with only 20 days.
“But the squad has turned it around, they have known how to suffer and now the moment is sweet. I’m very happy.”
Relationship with Koeman
The first team started the season in a disastrous manner, at that a very large section of fans believed that Pimienta should finally get his chance to coach the first team. These news could surely affect the relationship between both the managers, however, Pimienta cleared the air about his realtionship with Koeman.
“Very good. We did a joint training session last week and we talked about players for a long time. He has his priorities, his vision and I know what my role is, I am here to train,” said the Spanish coach about his relationship with the Dutch legend.
The Dutch manager is often seen at Estadi Johan Cryuff scouting players from Barça B. This is a practice which Pimienta appreciates a lot and said:
“We are Barça B and the dream of one day being a first-team player is there. The first team is always attentive to what the reserve team does, but if the coach comes to see you, it is an incentive and one more motivation,” when asked about the same.
Pimienta has been a Blaugrana throughout his coaching and playing career. He has been doing a special job at Barça B for three years now. The first team was able to reap tremendous profits out of this hard work this year with multiple players from the B team making their mark at the highest level. The Spanish coach also spoke about contract renewals of different players and the ongoing changes in the youth system at Barcelona.