Ronald Koeman, Barça coach, saw the defeat against Granada (1-2) on Thursday as “a very hard blow” in the title race. He does not accept, either, the reasons for his expulsion which will make him miss at least the next two games.
Barça missed a golden opportunity to take the lead in the championship on Thursday in a late match. The Catalans led before falling from the top, losing at home to Granada (1-2). While a victory would have given them the lead, they are still in 3rd place in the standings two lengths behind Atlético, 1st, and with only one point ahead of Sevilla, 4th. At the end of the meeting, Ronald Koeman was stunned.
“It’s a very hard blow because it’s no longer up to us, regretted the Dutch coach. We have to cheer up. Sunday’s game is crucial for me until the end of the season.” The Blaugrana travel to Valencia on Sunday (9 p.m., 34th day) to keep their chances in the title race.
“It’s very important to win again on Sunday, he insisted. It is vital for our aspirations to try to win the championship. The stakes are always high. No team has an easy game. still has possibilities. We have to analyze it and move forward and prepare for this Sunday. “
“Affected” by his “unjust” expulsion
Koeman was also offended by the reasons for his direct expulsion in the second half which will deprive him at least of the next two games on the bench. “It affects me because it’s not fair,” he said. “If I used ugly words, I have to own them, but that’s not the case, I’m sorry. I’m not mistaken. The minutes indicate that I disrespected the fourth official. But for me that’s not it. Disrespecting is insulting and we have commented on several actions being respectful with him. I want to know what words I used. I haven’t used horrible words once. “