Barcelona’s bittersweet draw at the Parc des Princes has motivated fans and players more than most Champions League exits would have, or have in the recent past. That is, in large parts, courtesy to the amazing week Barcelona endured, and their performance against PSG yesternight. Ronald Koeman’s changes paved way for an incredible display, sadly to no success.
Koeman agreed to this, and acknowledged that the team should have been more lethal in front of goal, especially in the first half, saying, “We deserved something more. With the score 1-2 at halftime it would have been different.”
He was especially impressed with the attitude the team showed, taking the fight to the cliff, but not being able to push PSG off it: “We must highlight the attitude of the team. You have to have a bit more luck. We have had chances, and we haven’t taken advantage of them.”
The question that drew the most attention surrounded Lionel Messi. The Argentine was on target for the club scoring a bizarre goal, and despite missing a penalty, must have been encouraged by the display. Koeman was asked if the performance that can convince Leo to stay, and he replied, “Leo sees that the team is improving with the changes we make, young players with great quality and future are coming, so it’s not a question of doubting this team.”
Joan Laporta was elected as the president of the club in this week, and that sparked further encouragement in the minds of fans. Koeman name checked Laporta’s words of confidence, saying “All Barcelona fans should be proud of the team. The president told us to give our best, and that’s what we did.”
He ended the presser on a positive note, saying, “We didn’t deserve this result, at least we deserved to win.”