Finally, Quique Setién has arrived at the club. Of course, he’s been here for a while now but the football has been missing in recent times and yesterday night, Barça have played their best game under the new coach and took Villarreal apart.
Needless to say, the newspapers are full of their heroics from the match. Mundo Deportivo went with a headline that said ‘Resurgence‘, emphasising that Barcelona haven’t given up and are still fighting for the title that is slowly but surely slipping away to Real Madrid.
Antoine Griezmann also had a positive night, tallying an incredible goal from a Lionel Messi assist and was overall very involved in everything. Luis Suárez equalled László Kubala’s record while Ansu Fati put the finishing touches with a cold-blooded strike.
Sport are saying mostly the same thing – ‘There is life‘ – and are stating the Villarreal clash was the best game Barça have played under Setién. But once again, there’s talk of VAR, this time from the president himself.
Josep Maria Bartomeu noted that ‘VAR is not being fair; it is always favouring a certain team.’, of course, insinuating that Real Madrid are the ones profiting from the new system the most as Messi’s goal was disallowed for offside.
Still, if there’s one thing that should make Barcelona happy is the fact that they finally looked like a great team yesterday. Let’s see if they can keep it up now.
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.”