BARCELONA – Ronald Koeman does not throw in the towel. Not even having lost 18 points in 13 games does the Barcelona coach understand that the League is a chimera because, he warned after the draw against Valencia, “there are still many games left.”
“We have not said goodbye to the title; we are quite a few points above but there is still a long way to go,” stressed the Dutch coach, who warned that the situation, today so bad, may be different in the future. “In two months things may change and be totally different because there is a very tight schedule ”, he declared.
“We are in a very complicated season and although we have a fairly large distance with those at the top we have to fight to recover the points,” said Koeman, who regretted that after completing the comeback “we had chances for 3-1, but too many were lost balls in dangerous places. I would have liked to control the game more defensively, to have more control and being a team that always wants to attack, you have to know how to control more. “
The Barça coach rejected that his team had lacked attitude, warning that “I have seen the team with doubts, but I don’t think that attitude has been lacking. The problem is that we have lost control and if you see the age of several players you can understand that there is irregularity because they lack experience. Young people must mature, “he claimed by way of apology.
“When we were behind on the scoreboard we reacted. Then we came back and we did not take advantage of the opportunities to score the third. We have to know that sometimes it is not important to play well and to ensure the result,” he revealed, apologizing for the first goal of the Valencia, head first, in the difference in average height between the two teams … although recognizing that “you can’t just let a player shoot five meters from goal; there must be someone on top. “
Regarding Frenkie de Jong, he acknowledged that in Friday’s training “he noticed some discomfort and with the doctors we agreed that it was a risk for him to start, but he could leave if we needed him. That is why he entered through Busi, to change things with respect to the first part. “.