Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman, expressed his satisfaction with the 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao, yesterday, Saturday, in the second round of the Spanish Football League.
Koeman said in comments highlighted by the Spanish newspaper “Marca”: “It was a great match, and I think we lived through complicated moments at the beginning, and they pressed us well, and we lacked calm in the first match.”
The Dutch coach continued: “We had to respond, especially after receiving the goal, and I think the equalizer was fair, and we had chances to score and win, and Athletic Bilbao appeared at a very good level, and this stadium (Bilbao Stadium) is very difficult, and I cannot be unhappy with the result.” .
And he added: “De Jong (Barcelona player) was very important, as his role was to break the lines, and he made a great pass for Memphis Depay (Barcelona striker), and he has great speed with the ball and played a great match.”
On defender Eric Garcia, Koeman commented, “He is a wonderful professional, despite the death of his grandfather. He played a great match, and we are with him and we wish him success.”
He continued: “The courage of competitors in the absence of Messi? Yes, this is true, and I do not always like to talk about it, but we are talking about the best player in the world (Messi), and the opponent is more afraid of his presence, and for us with his presence, if we pass the ball to him, he usually does not lose it, but he Now he’s not there between us, but that can’t be changed.”
After drawing with Bilbao, Barcelona raised its score to 4 points in the Spanish League, while the Basque team reached its second point, where it also tied in the first round with Elche (0-0).