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VIDEO SHOWS: BARCELONA SQUAD TRAINING AHEAD OF THEIR LA LIGA MATCH AGAINST LEVANTE, BARCELONA COACH RONALD KOEMAN SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE

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SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (DECEMBER 12, 2020) (BARCA TV - MUST NOT OBSCURE LOGO)

1. VARIOUS OF BARCELONA PLAYERS ARRIVING ONTO PITCH

2. BARCELONA DEFENDER SERGI BUSQUEST AND MIDFIELDER FRENKIE DE JONG TALKING DURING TRAINING SESSION

3. PLAYERS STARTING TRAINING SESSION

4. BARCELONA FORWARD LIONEL MESSI MOVING ARMS AND WARMING UP

5. BARCELONA PLAYERS WARMING UP

6. BARCELONA MIDFIELDER PHILIPPE COUTINHO RUNNING

7. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA COACH, RONALD KOEMAN, SAYING:

"I'm feeling fine, I'm not happy with how we are doing this season in the league, I have said it several times, we're trying to get the best out of the team. From that point, depending on what happens on January with the president, until then we are trying to get the best out of the team, the team is working great, we are making changes with young players."

8. MESSI AND BARCELONA MIDFIELDER CARLOS ALENA JUMPING AND HANDSHAKING

9. BARCELONA PLAYERS WARMING UP

10. BARCELONA GOALKEEPER MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN STRETCHING

11. VARIOUS OF TER STEGEN WARMING UP

12. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA COACH, RONALD KOEMAN, SAYING:

"I always try to respect the players and support them but we're at a club where you have to speak frankly when things are not going fine or when we make mistakes, always with respect, I don't 'kill' any player in this club".

13. BARCELONA FORWARD TRINCAO RUNNING

14. BARCELONA DEFENDER RONALD ARAUJO RUNNING, STOPPING AND RUNNING AGAIN / DEFENDER JUNIOR FIRPO RUNNING

15. PLAYERS DURING TRAINING SESSION

16. BARCELONA PLAYERS SERGINHO DEST, BRAITHWAITE AND CLEMENT LENGLET WALKING ON PITCH

17. BARCELONA PLAYERS LENGLET AND MIRALEM PJANIC PASSING THE BALL

18. PLAYERS PASSING THE BALL

19. BARCELONA DEFENDER SAMUEL UMTITI PASSING THE BALL

20. PLAYERS PASSING THE BALL

21. MESSI PASSING THE BALL, ARAUJO RECEIVING THE BALL AND PASSING IT AGAIN

22. PLAYERS PASSING THE BALL

23. BARCELONA MIDFIELDER JORDI ALBA PASSING THE BALL

24. ALENA PASSING THE BALL

25. PJANIC RECEIVING THE BALL AND KICKING IT

26. MINGUEZA PASSING THE BALL

27. DE JONG RECEIVING BALL AND PASSING IT

28. TRAINING SESSION

29. MESSI AND ARAUJO PASSING EACH OTHER THE BALL

30. FIRPO AND KONRAD PASSING THE BALL

31. PLAYERS GOING TO DRINK

32. BRAITHWAITE DRINKING, DEST OPENING BOTTLE

33. PLAYERS DRINKING

34. TER STEGEN PUTTING SHIRT

35. TRAINING SESSION

STORY: Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said on Saturday (December 12) he is not feeling under pressure despite the team's poor results and insisted he still had the squad on his side as they look to return to winning ways at home to Levante in La Liga on Sunday (December 13).

Barca fell 12 points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid with last week's shock 2-1 defeat to Cadiz and then lost 3-0 at home to Juventus to surrender top spot in the Champions League group and finish second for the first time since 2007.

"I'm feeling fine, I'm not happy with how we are doing this season in the league and we're trying to get the best out of the team while using lots of young players," Koeman told a news conference on Saturday.

Koeman was fiercely critical of the players after the game against Cadiz, in particular how they managed to concede the decisive goal following a throw-in, and he was asked about whether he had been too harsh on his squad in public.

He defended his up-front approach and denied that players were unhappy with his coaching style.

"I always try to respect the players but we're at a club where you have to speak frankly," he said.

(Production: Elena Rodriguez)