Another three points in the bank take Barcelona to nine in total, three ahead of the second-placed Juventus and eight ahead of the other two teams. And this latest victory means the Catalans’ 100% win-rate in Europe is intact.
SPORT call them the ‘Euro leaders‘, which, despite their apparent struggles, is still true. Barcelona are leading the charge in the Champions League and are looking to have a great campaign.
They are also on track to qualify for the knockout stages, should they manage to get a good result in the upcoming game. So far, it looks like the group is already decided, at least as far as the matter of who progresses and who doesn’t is concerned. Still, the battle for the first place is still on despite Barcelona having a three-point advantage.
Mundo Deportivo are focusing on Marc-André ter Stegen because the goalie returned in some fashion. They even call him ‘Saint Ter Stegen‘, which seems apt.
The German produced a number of vital saves to keep Barcelona in the lead and was eventually proclaimed the man of the match, fully deserved.
Apart from that, goals from Lionel Messi – once again from the penalty spot – and Gerard Piqué’s header brought the Catalans all three points.
It was far from a convincing display but the win is what matters the most at the end of the day. Improvement, however, is necessary.
Koeman’s press conference ahead of Sevilla clash ends prematurely due to a nosebleed
As Barcelona gear-up to take on Sevilla in gameweek 25 of La Liga, Ronald Koeman sat down to address the media as part of his pre-game press conference. However, his presser was interrupted, and consequently ended prematurely due to a nosebleed the Dutchman suffered while speaking. This is the second time this is happening this season, with the first incident occurring before the Athletic Bilbao game last month. It comes possibly as a result of the blood thinners he takes after suffering from heart problems last year, as has been reported by Javi Miguel.
❗Koeman's press conference came to an end after a nosebleed. This is the second time it's happened this season – the first being in the press conference before the game against Bilbao on January 30. We hope the coach is doing fine.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) February 26, 2021
Before the presser was halted, Koeman spoke about how the two consecutive games against Sevilla are different from one another, saying “There are two different games. Tomorrow we play for La Liga, and Wednesday for the Copa del Rey. We have to win both games and we hope to continue our unbeaten streak in the league tomorrow.”
As part of merry news, Ronald Araujo has entered the squad list for the first time in five games after suffering an ankle injury against Real Betis. Koeman addressed his inclusion in the presser, saying, “Araújo has entered the list and everyone who enters the list has options to play. We’ll decide our XI tomorrow.”
Koeman clearly holds the young defender in high praise, and complimented him in today’s presser as well, saying, “Araújo has had a very good season so far. He’s young, but he has learned and shown a lot. He has a great physique level, he’s strong and fast, and he brings us many things defensively.”
The topic surrounding Barcelona’s lack of leadership came up yet again, despite there being several veteran players in the side. Koeman singled out Lionel Messi again, while calling for contribution from others: “Veteran players have tried to take control, but they can’t do it alone either. Messi has 17-18 goals, the same as everyone else put together. Responsibility must be shared.”
“I know that being a Barça coach there is always a lot of pressure. If you don’t win, it’s the manager’s mistake. I don’t know what could happen in the future, there is time to talk about that, but I’m optimistic,” Koeman said in regards to how he feels about his future as a Barcelona coach with the elections nearby.
The last thing Koeman talked about was voting in the elections before rushing out of the room. He said, “The elections? I will not vote because I think I don’t have to vote. I have to wait, and the socios will decide.”