Ronald Koeman speaks following Barcelona’s 1-2 win over Villarreal


Ronald Koeman decided to make just the one change today as Barcelona travelled to Castellon in the hope of extending their impressive streak in the La Liga. This game’s importance was further exemplified after Real Madrid dropped points against Real Betis yesterday after a 0-0 draw. Six wins in the next six games and Barcelona will lift the league title for the 27th time.

The game did not have too many talking points today barring Antoine Griezmann’s goals and Frenkie de Jong’s misses, most of which he usually converts. Koeman spoke to the press following the win:

Q: “What were your thoughts on the game?”

A: “It was a great step in winning La Liga. It was a very difficult match to play. We scored two goals, we had lots of chances, but still suffered. We had many clear chances, like the one De Jong had.”

Q: “Opinion on Griezmann’s performance today?”

A: “I have always been delighted with Antoine’s work and contribution. Today he was key and we need players like him.”

Q: “Barcelona played with a particular style today with continuous long balls over the defence. Was that practiced?”

A: “We analyzed the rival and attacked the space in behind because they had a high line. They scored first, but our reaction was great. The team is kind of tired right now, and we needed more energy for the last 20 minutes of the game.”

Q: “The second half was completely different, though?”

A: “We were good defensively and they are 3 very important points.”

Q: “What is your say on Frenkie’s poor finishing today?”

A: “De Jong is currently better than his Ajax version, in my opinion. You can’t compare the Dutch league to La Liga.”

Q: “Griezmann looked to grow in confidence as the match went on.”

A: “Griezmann scored a wonderful goal that gave him confidence.”

Q: “Barcelona did not enjoy a lot of possession in the second half while chasing the game, but defended well. Was that part of the plan?”

A: “Possession is a very important aspect in our game, and we need to improve our positioning when we don’t have possession.”

Source: BarçaTV+



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