Koeman offers his verdict on Barcelona’s win over Elche
Ronald Koeman offered his thoughts on Barcelona’s win over Elche on Sunday and wasn’t completely happy with his team.
The Dutchman was grateful to goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen for developing a crucial conserve from Emiliano Rigoni when the score was only 1-0 after Oscar Mingueza had made a mess of a pass from Samuel Umtiti.
” I’m really delighted with how we won. We’ve had great deals of matches in the last couple of days and we have actually kept focus. We were much better than our challengers. We were patient. We won belongings. It was difficult to rating due to the fact that they had great deals of males behind the ball. But we pressed well.
” They didn’t have possibilities – they just had one chance and it originated from a huge mistake from our defence. However Ter Stegen was really great in the one-on-one. Luckily we have a good goalkeeper, since they could’ve equalised there. Defensively, apart from that error, we succeeded.”
Yet Koeman did also praise man-of-the-match Frenkie de Jong, who scored and assisted, along with alternative Riqui Puig who scored Barca’s 2nd in the closing minutes with his very first goal for the club.
” Riqui Puig did well when he began. We desire the midfielders entering into package like that. I like Riqui’s mindset. Despite not getting minutes, he enjoys himself when he begins. For me, he’s not a problem.”
Barca’s now head into a 8th quickly video game on Wednesday against Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey. Koeman is expected to make modifications for the match to try and keep his players fresh amid a busy schedule.