BARCELONA – Sentenced a momentous game with a win in which Lionel Messi had a stellar role, the figure of Ronald Koeman earned credit for his management of the captain’s ‘break’, until he entered the field to convert an uncomfortable afternoon at a party with Real Betis delivered to reality.
And Koeman explained, logically, Leo’s substitution, clarifying that it was the product of the match against Dynamo Kiev. “We already talked about it yesterday because he left the game with the Dynamo with discomfort and was not there to play from the beginning. That is why he started on the bench in case we needed him later,” revealed the Dutch coach, who ruled that if Messi is well, his ownership is not debatable. “If a player like him is without discomfort he always starts from the beginning,” he confirmed with his diaphanous and direct speech.
Regarding the game, Koeman agreed that the victory “is important because of the need for points we had,” highlighting his satisfaction with “the team’s play. We had many opportunities to score and the performance was good in the second half, but Before the halftime tie was not fair because we missed several opportunities, the penalty … “.
“I know there may be criticism for getting only two points out of twelve, of course, but we know that we are on the right track,” said the coach, making it clear that “we create opportunities and it would be sadder if, in addition to not winning, you did not create scoring chances. “.
“You can always complain about something, like conceding a goal with one more on the field, but I’m happy for the team’s game and more so considering the quality of Betis, who have great players to create problems,” resolved Koeman, who made a clear defense of Antoine Griezmann.
“To miss opportunities you have to have them. You have to highlight his character and his dedication. He has missed a penalty and several opportunities but despite his bad luck he is always there. Hopefully he will continue working as he has been up to now,” he resolved when referring to the French forward, acknowledging that the choice of Ansu Fati for the change for Messi at halftime was due to the fact that the young squad “had some discomfort in the first half and we did not want to risk.”