Barcelona dropped points for the first time this season, when Bilbao held a 1-1 draw in the second round of La Liga. Although the Nou Camp team temporarily rose to the top of the table, coach Koeman still expressed his disappointment and mentioned Messi’s departure.
“I don’t want to talk about the same thing all the time, but I have to admit that the opponents are more afraid of us when Messi is here. Usually when we pass the ball to Messi, he doesn’t lose it. You can talk about Messi not being here. We know that and we can’t change it.”
Coach Koeman choked about Messi
Memphis Depay shines with a goal against Bilbao. However, this goal could not hide the fact that the Barcelona attack had a bad game.
With what they showed on the field, Bilbao also showed that they deserved a point. Barcelona’s frustration was further compounded when defender Eric Garcia was sent off in injury time.
Coach Koeman praised the home team’s tenacious performance, and admitted that the final draw was a fair result. “This is a great game for football fans,” he said. I think we made things difficult for ourselves at the start of the game.
That pushed us a lot and fortunately everything went well. We need to know when we can play short, from the goalkeeper’s position. We weren’t calm enough for the first 15 minutes.
Depay saves Barcelona from a loss
I think a draw is a fair result, we had a chance to win, but Athletic Bilbao also have a very high level. That’s the game, it’s a tough pitch, so I can’t be happier with the result.”
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, Barcelona’s two rivals for the La Liga title this season, will have the opportunity to overcome the Nou Camp team on the rankings if they win today’s match.