Barça won an important victory against Getafe (5-2) this Thursday during the 31st day of La Liga. Before winning by three goals, the Catalan club got scared and Ronald Koeman spent his nerves on Oscar Mingueza during the second half.
Victorious of Getafe (5-2) this Thursday, in particular thanks to a brace from Lionel Messi and a penalty from Antoine Girezmann, Barça remains in the fight for the title against Atlético and Real.
While the Blaugrana club finally added two goals in the dying moments of this La Liga Matchday 31 meeting, Ronald Koeman did not appreciate seeing Getafe back in the game after a goal from Enes Unal in the 69th minute. Anxious to see his team not to collapse defensively, the Dutch technician had a huge blow of anger against Oscar Mingueza.
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In images captured by the local broadcaster, the Barca coach lost his temper after an error, ultimately inconsequential, by the 21-year-old defender. Furious, Ronald Koeman gave his voice to convey his instructions … or rather he shouted his instructions and let his fury speak against his young protégé.
Koeman recognizes an “exaggerated” reaction
The sanction was almost immediate. A few moments later, the Batavian technician replaced Oscar Mingueza with Samuel Umtiti. Obviously not yet calmed down, Ronald Koeman first pretended not to see his player before slapping him vigorously on the hand. Held by the defender, the Barça coach sent him to sit down after a very brief verbal exchange and almost without the slightest glance.
“My attitude with him was perhaps a little exaggerated because he is having a great season, then tempered Ronald Koeman at the microphone of the Movistar channel. The only thing is that you have to learn. Especially the young people. To be a Barça player, you have to be good in every game. The replacement is not because he pissed me off but it was to have Frenkie De Jong on one side and Samuel Umtiti on the other aside because it also needs minutes. “
After a great fright and the big blow of blood of Ronald Koeman, the club blaugrana notched a capital victory in the race for the title in championship. Still third in the standings with 68 points, Barça is five lengths behind Atlético. Real Madrid are sandwiched between leader Colchonero and the Catalans in what remains a three-way fight for La Liga. The suspense remains.