In the Cup and Champions League, the winning streak broke out in the league. FC Barcelona is facing a final season without a title. Ronald Koeman talked about the missed victory against Cadiz – and about Clement Lenglet, once again patting.
On six points, the gap could have shrunk to top Atletico Madrid, now it’s eight. Barça gave up the victory against Cadiz (1:1) late – and Koeman ranked for explanations.
And that wasn’t so easy at 81 percent ball possession, 20:3 shots, 8:0 corners and a pass rate of 92 percent. “These games,” said a crushed Koeman, “must be won. This was a great opportunity after the defeat of Atletico. I’m very disappointed, even more so than Tuesday.” His team had taken the lead against PSG (as well as Cadiz) after a Messi penalty, before being taken apart by the Parisians around Kylian Mbappé by 1:4. Ultimately, the weak opportunity utilisation and an individual error were decisive for the draw against the promoter, who had even won against Barcelona in the first round. “I don’t want to blame any of the players,” Koeman said. If you don’t “kill” the game and score the second goal, something like that could happen.
Of course, Koeman was also approached for the late penalty, which led to the equalisation. “Overall, we have to analyze how it came about,” said Koeman, who described the decision as “doubtful,” but “you can whistle it.”