BARCELONA – Ronald Koeman was hurt by the defeat in the Clásico against Real Madrid. It hurt him because, he resolved, “we played well. We wanted to have control of the game with Fati up and looking with Leo for the back of Madrid’s defenders, playing between the lines and having a good reference … But …”.
But, in his opinion “the penalty play was decisive.” For the Barcelona coach, the Clásico was broken from the penalty awarded to Sergio Ramos, a move with which Koeman openly disagreed. “Is it a penalty for you?”, He replied with a question asked by a journalist, expanding on his criticisms from there.
“For me it is not a penalty. We have spent five days and the VAR has only entered plays against Barça, never in favor. Neither Messi’s penalty against Sevilla, nor in two expulsion plays against Getafe … The VAR alone it goes against us ”, declared the Dutch coach firmly, who discovered that at the end of the game he went to talk to the referee“ to tell him that I hope they can explain to me one day how the VAR issue works ”.
“I have not spoken with Clement Lenglet about the play, but I have seen the image,” said the coach, warning that “at first it is Sergio Ramos’ fault and then Lenglet grabs his shirt a bit, but nothing to pull back. , on the other side, as he has done ”, he summed up, not being surprised by the reaction of the white players with what happened.
“It is normal that they speak and do their best to ask for a penalty, for me that is not the problem … I always say that the VAR can be very good, but for all teams,” he summarized.
Beyond the specific play, Koeman repeated that Barcelona had played “well” and argued his changes, already with the result against, explaining that “when you are losing you try to improve from the start with the same players, but then we choose to give more freshness with Dembélé and Trincao in the band, with Griezmann next to Leo up and looking for one against one, risking “, without giving more importance to the final goal of Luka Modric because” in the end I don’t care to lose 1-2 than 1-3 “.