Teenager Pedri had a few things to say concerning the Atletico Madrid defeat. Perhaps because of his age, the new signing looked nothing like his usual self and cracked under pressure. After an underwhelming performance, his coach Ronald Koeman subbed him off for Philippe Coutinho.
“It was a tough game. The oppoonent closed the spaces, and they made things difficult for us. The timing of the goal was bad.”Pedri | POst-match press conference
“Their goal came at a bad time, and we were hurt by it. We have also been unproductive in front of goal for the last few games.”
The goal clearly demoralised the players. After having a decent game, the Catalans sank along with their keeper Marc-André Ter Stegen. The timing of the goal was hurtful, but the way the goal went in was even more dreadful. Also, scoring before the half-time whistle gave Atlético more room to defend in the second half. They had eleven men behind the ball after the restart…
“We must learn from our mistakes to correct them in the future. We knew that this might have happened, so we have to keep improving.”Pedri | Post-match press conference
The fact that a 17-year-old is sent to the press to defend the side like that is not a good look on the veterans. Pedri is a youngster, and he cannot handle all this pressure by himself.
“We have to focus on the Champions league now. It’s still a long league, and I think we can compete.”Pedri | Post-match press conference
The Champions League standings are nice and dandy until you realise Bayern Munich toyed with that same Atlético Madrid side. Barça had their best games under Koeman in the Champions League, but they should not let the league slip for a chance in this competition.
Dutch legend says Messi and Griezmann are playing like ‘cake bakers’
In an interview with Ziggo Sport, former Dutch footballer, and coach Marco van Basten talked about the grave situation at Barcelona following their 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in gameweek 10 of La Liga.
Van Basten was, like many other football fans who watched the game against Atletico, of the opinion that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen should have never rushed out of his goal in an attempt to make the desperate clearance. He exclaimed, “…he shouldn’t have done that at all. Unbelievable!”
The legendary footballer also talked about the situation at Barcelona surrounding Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, and the controversy stemming from the comments from Griezmann’s uncle about the club captain. He also made sure to speak about their on-pitch performances, which have been nothing extraordinary.
“Messi and Griezmann are playing badly. They’re playing like cake bakers who don’t know what to do.”
Marco van Basten built on this quote about Messi and Griezmann, saying, “Messi is not happy with the situation at Barcelona. And then also that hassle with Griezmann. It is a chaotic mess. We don’t see the fantastic player and person we know.”
Lionel Messi has not been included in the team to face Dynamo Kyiv tonight, and the burden to create and score will fall on the shoulders of Antoine Griezmann, who spoke to the media in length yesterday about his far-from-ideal time at Barcelona.