Ronald Koeman appeared before the media after the triumph of Barcelona before him Pomegranate. The doublets of Griezmann and Messi they certified a new victories for the Catalans, who gain in confidence and aim at a decisive moment of the season for them. The Dutchman praised his players, especially the double-fighters of the contest. He also spoke of the minutes that the less usual could add and avoided the controversy.
Griezmann on the left
“We try to play with the three above, with freedom. Leo as a great player that he is, looks for the ball, goes down to play and we want depth with Dembelé and Griezmann. You have to be inside the area and be able to score. Antoine was very good today.
Messi and his replacement
«Barça needs Leo for his game, his importance in creating opportunities and for his effectiveness. It’s a big thing that we need to achieve a lot of great things and fight for the titles. In the first part there were several players with discomfort, with the rest we were able to change Leo and Frenkie. We had problems in the warm-up with Araujo, he had discomfort and we did not want to risk. Dest also had discomfort and we were able to reserve them with the favorable result for us.
Can you fight for LaLiga?
Fighting doesn’t just depend on one player. It has to be the mentality of the team. We have important players who cannot play at the moment. If all are well and in their best form, it is possible to dispute titles. At the moment, with the distance we have it is complicated. But I think we are improving a lot. It was an important week, we got the nine points and we did it with a very good game. This gives confidence.
«First it seems that I have something against Riqui. The other day I was talking about young players. It does not speak only of him. We have more young players who have no minutes lately. You always take a name, it’s not good for Riqui or for me. If I have something with Riqui and about his game, we will talk. There is no problem. It depends on the player, you have to agree in the future. I always speak in general and not only about Riqui ».
Greater peace of mind
«We are calmer. We entered more concentrated than in other games. Yes we are and there is a good position. There are few teams that can control us like this. Today’s effectiveness is to be on the right track we have to be humble and improve things.
“In recent years, he has not played as high as lately. He has never used his quality in this way that we play in the middle we need players to reach the area. He has a dribble with the ball, he takes a step in responsibility with the team. I hope it continues like this.
«A game that we put ourselves in front is always important, it is to keep a clean sheet until the end. Defensively we were good. It was Umtiti’s first game in a long time. He has played well defensively. With the centrals, with Busquets ahead. From behind he has made many vertical passes. We lacked Lenglet, we couldn’t play with him and Umtiti has proven to have a place in this squad ».
Is Messi now more involved?
«From the first day the contact with Leo was good. Since training with us, he has done his best to stay fit and help the team. Like all teams it has cost us during a period of the season, lately it has been very effective. We’re used to this from Leo. If there are games where he does not score there are some who are unhappy or worried. Lately he is scoring more goals than at the beginning but it does not mean that he is more involved. Now it comes in. Many times the rival goalkeeper has been the best man.