BARCELONA – Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman admitted that “the 1-2 loss to Granada at the Camp Nou is a very disappointing result”, which means that Barça are no longer dependent on themselves to win LaLiga Santander.
“Analyzing the two goals against, there has been a lack of concentration in defending. We have not been successful in defending well and closing the spaces and that has cost us the game,” said the Dutch coach at the press conference after the match.
According to Koeman, now is the time to “praise morale, analyze the mistakes and prepare for Sunday’s game (against Valencia at the Mestalla), which is going to be crucial.” In this sense, the Barcelona coach revealed that he was “talking to several players after the game about the mistakes made.”
On the other hand, he was forceful regarding his expulsion: “I have not been mistaken, according to the referee’s report I have disrespected the fourth official and for me it is not like that. A lack of respect is insulting. We have commented on different plays that have happened during the party with respect. Tell me what words I have used, none of them have been ugly. “
Asked about the reasons why he introduced Samuel Umtiti and Ilaix Moriba in the starting lineup, Koeman replied that “as in all teams there are changes” because they have “many games and there is fatigue.” And he said that he “always” tries to “put the best team according to many circumstances.”