Ronald Koeman, FC Barcelona coach, regretted mistakes Samuel Umtiti, involved in the two goals conceded by the Catalans, Wednesday in Seville (2-0) in the semi-final first leg of the Copa del Rey.
FC Barcelona was not really reassured within a week of receiving PSG in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League (February 16, 9 p.m., live on RMC Sport). The Catalans lost in Seville (2-0) on Wednesday in the first leg of the Spanish Cup. And Ronald Koeman was not very reassured by the defensive performance of his troops, deprived of many players in the sector, such as Gérard Piqué, Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto or Sergino Dest.
In their absence, the Dutch technician is groping on the hinge that he will align against PSG. Wednesday, He had decided to associate Oscar Mingueza and Samuel Umtiti. And it did not go well, especially for the French, involved in the two opposing goals. He was first eliminated from a small bridge on the superb rush of Jules Koundé. He then misaligned before slipping, on the second achievement scored by Ivan Rakitici. Koeman recognized the difficulties of the former Lyonnais, without overwhelming him.
“He made mistakes like everyone else”
“It’s two actions … We left too much space on the first goal from the middle of the field, and the second goal, we do not play well offside, it was not a good decision. But I think the rest of the game, he was good, he made mistakes like everyone else, and that’s part of football. It’s not fair to target him, we all win together and we all lose too together “, tempered the Barça coach.
Regularly injured since 2018, Umtiti has been playing a row since the start of 2021. On Wednesday, he celebrated his fifth tenure of the year. He could start with Clément Lenglet against Paris, even if Koeman is reluctant to align two left-handers in central defense. Its place is therefore in suspense, all the more so after the mistakes observed in Andalusia. The Copa del Rey semi-final against Sevilla is scheduled for March 3. And things are off to a bad start.
“It’s a bad result, but for me it’s too high a reward for them, added Koeman on Wednesday. I saw a Barça who played very well, we did everything, we created, we have a lot in a hurry in the second half, and I can’t fault the team at all. We have one game left to try to win and play in the final. “