A golden game to take the lead in La Liga. Opposed to Granada this Thursday evening in a late match of the 33rd day, FC Barcelona had only to win to settle quietly on the throne of the Spanish championship. But now, a bit like PSG on Wednesday night in C1, the Blaugranas were surprised in the second period. As they led 1-0 at the break, the men of Ronald Koeman, who was sent off in the 66th minute, were knocked down (lost 1-2). Result, Barça are still third and no longer have their destiny in their hands for the title.
So necessarily at a press conference, the Dutch technician pointed out the lack of concentration of his troops on the defensive level: “I think we dominated the game. We failed to score the second goal which would have given us peace of mind. If we look at the goals we conceded, they come from a lack of concentration in defense. It cost us two points. Defensively, we were not well. It cost us the game. ”
“I did not insult (the fourth referee)”
With five remaining matches for all the teams, and therefore still two points behind Atlético de Madrid, FC Barcelona will have to achieve a faultless, while counting on missteps Colchoneros and Merengues, second. And Koeman quickly wants his men to re-mobilize. “It’s a big blow, we are disappointed, but from tomorrow we have to move on, try to win the last five matches to become champions. But it’s not just for us, it’s the same for everyone else ”, he continued.
Before leaving, the former coach of the Netherlands was obviously questioned about his expulsion after the hour mark. And the main concerned still did not understand: “The report mentions a lack of respect for the fourth referee, but I didn’t say anything bad about the refereeing. I commented on the actions to the fourth referee, but with all due respect. I didn’t insult or anything, it’s amazing this red card. If the fourth referee wants to be the protagonist, thank you. ” The Dutchman is now awaiting his sanction, while Barça will challenge Valencia CF on Sunday.