He said: “I love the players who have the personality to take the penalties. So I will never say to a player who wants to take the penalties, ‘No, I want someone else to take them’.
“He’s intelligent so if he’s not feeling confident like he is then he will say, ‘I’ll step back and let another guy kick the penalty’.”
City travel to the Nou Camp to face Barcelona in the Champions League low on confidence following three games without a win – but Koeman is convinced Guardiola’s men can cause an upset on Wednesday night.
He said: “City can beat Barcelona. It is a really high standard of football, and I’m really looking forward to seeing that game.”