Without Messi Koeman is still happy

2021-01-31 03:21

Without Messi Koeman is still happy

Barcelona's savior that night was a young player.

ALICANTE - Without Messi, Barcelona still won when they were guests against Elche at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, Alicante, Sunday (24/1). A 2-0 final score from Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig sealed the victory for Barcelona.

Messi was forced to miss after being sanctioned by a red card in the match against Athletic Club in the Spanish Super Cup final. So that Messi missed the match against Elche.

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman praised his team's winning game. According to him, the victory they deserved and he was very happy with the performance of his players.

"In defense, regardless of fault (odds Elche), we did well. The best thing about this game is teknana us and our performance when without the ball. We deserved the win," said Koeman quoted from page IB Times.

"I am very happy with the way we won it. We have had a lot of matches in the last few days and we remain focused," said the Dutchman.

Koeman stated that his team played better than the opponent. He said it was difficult for opponents to score goals because of the tight defense provided not only by the back line but also the help of all players.

Koeman did not forget to praise his young player, Frenkie De Jong, who gave Barcelona the first goal in the 39th minute. Anticipating Messi's loss, Koeman changed the front row by saving Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite and Antonie Griezmann. But that is not enough because there is no midfielder who functions as a goal scorer like Messi.

"Three forwards are not enough, we need a midfielder to score goals too. It's good Frenkie can score goals and help the team, he's getting better. But we want the midfielder to get in the box and move up," said Koeman.

Barcelona's savior that night was a young player. The second goal was scored by a young Barca player, Riqui Puig, who also became his first goal this season.

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