Ronald Koeman looks back with great satisfaction on his first Champions League match as coach of FC Barcelona. The Catalans did not have a child on the Hungarian Ferencváros (5-1) in Camp Nou on Tuesday evening.
Koeman does not understand anything about the red card
“Especially in the first 25 minutes of the second half, everyone has seen a great Barcelona,” said a proud Koeman at his press conference. “We played good football and created many opportunities. The way we played with ten men is also admirable.”
FC Barcelona already led 2-0 at halftime by hits from Lionel Messi and seventeen-year-old top talent Ansu Fati – Frenkie de Jong gave a nice assist with the second goal – and Philippe Coutinho widened the margin to three just after the break.
After the red card for Gerard Piqué, who held a broken player in the penalty area, and the used penalty from Ihor Kharatin, it seemed to be a bit tense. In the end it was not possible anymore, because in the last ten minutes the seventeen-year-old Pedri and Ousmane Dembélé secured the victory.
In the run-up to the game against Ferencváros, Koeman still received critical questions about the lack of scoring ability of Messi and his entire vanguard, but the goals all came from attacking players on Tuesday-evening.
“If there was any doubt about the Barcelona attackers, we have shown to Ferencváros that they are just good players,” said the Dutch coach. “Messi also played great and was important again. This good start in the Champions League gives confidence.”
The only setback for Koeman is that he has to do without the suspended Piqué in the next Champions League match. “This is not good for us. I thought the red card was too severely punished and I don’t understand anything about it, but we have to accept it.”
FC Barcelona, which plays at home against Real Madrid in El Clásico in La Liga on Saturday, awaits an away game against Juventus in the next Champions League match. Dynamo Kiev is the other team in group G.
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