After Barcelona’s 2-1 defeat away against Cadiz yesterday, Ronald Koeman spoke in the post-match interview. The Blaugrana had not lost a game away against Cadiz in 29 years, so the defeat came quite heavy and caused some strong reaction from the fans towards the Dutchman.
“There is a lack of concentration, we can’t concede a second goal like that. We have to analyse how we lost today. We have to improve. We’ve lacked aggression without the ball.”, said Koeman after the game.
Koeman did everything in order to take the lead. He cannot be blamed for being late on any of his substitutions, as the Dutch coach brought on Dembélé and Pedri surprisingly at half-time. The substitutions paid off, and the equaliser came. Nevertheless, his team conceded another one in the 63rd minute. Koeman again reacted quickly and brought Pjanic and Trincao on 10 minutes later.
“The attitude in the team is good in principle, but at times in the game, like when we don’t have a ball, we make a lot of mistakes. It’s a team thing. I subbed off Dest for some freshness on the wing with Trincão.”, explained Koeman.
Considering the fact that Barcelona managed to win all of their last 5 games, and today, held a record 82% possession during the game, the attitude in the team is good indeed. However, the concentration problems that lead to silly defending, and ultimately points, is unacceptable.
When being asked whether he was the one to blame or the team, Koeman answered: “We win together, we lose together”.
It is unknown how much of a leeway Koeman has left at the Catalan club, but it is clear that fans are not happy with the results — Barcelona has made one of their worst starts to La Liga in history, and that is not easy to take for Culés, no matter what.
Injury Update: Ansu Fati could avoid surgery as treatment is going well currently
According to RAC1, there is finally a glimmer of positive news regarding Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati’s recovery from injury. After consistent roadblocks in his recuperation, he may seemingly be on the right track to return to action.
The winger suffered significant damage to the internal meniscus of his left knee back in November 2020. After immediately going under the knife, Fati has been sidelined ever since. His return was scheduled for early March but due to constant setbacks, he has had to consider multiple surgeries to follow up.
Fati was undergoing a biological regenerative treatment after his first procedure under Dr Ramon Cugat, under the supervision of Barcelona’s medical team. However, he faced repeated swelling of the knee, which prevented him from doing anything aside from targeted work in the gym.
After reportedly going through a second surgery and even facing the possibility of a third procedure, Ansu Fati, unfortunately, is already set to miss out on the rest of the season alongside midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
However, these latest reports seem to finally bear good news about the teenage sensation and his recovery. The report highlights that if these positive feelings continue, he will be able to avoid going to the operating room once again, which would be very beneficial. He will also apparently travel to Seville on Friday with the rest of the players ahead of their Copa del Rey final.
Fati’s killer instinct in front of goal has certainly been missed sorely at times this season alongside of course, his immense technical ability. Barcelona and their fans will be hoping that the road to a full recovery is smooth from here on out for their budding star.