Barça barely managed to scrape a win over Valladolid thanks to a Vidal strike in the first half. Their coach spoke to the press after the game. Here is what he had to say:
On players not getting enough rest
“It was so hot today. Between each game, there is only a 72-hour-long break!”
“It is normal to notice fatigue on some players like Piqué, but he showed his quality today.”
“Griezmann was feeling some discomfort, and asked to be subbed off.”
“Yes, Messi should rest, but we didn’t have enough of a lead in the game. If our lead was bigger, Messi would have taken some rest.”
“We were expecting Valladolid to play with five defenders, and we did the same thing to narrow them down.”
On the league
“I don’t know if we will win the league or not, because Real Madrid are winning all of their games.”
Ronald Koeman talks following his first La Liga win with Barça
Ronald Koeman played his first official game with Barcelona tonight. The Dutch manager managed to get a comfortable win against a strong Villareal side. After the game, Koeman talked in the post-match conference and started his words putting praise on Ansu Fati:
“I’m delighted with Ansu Fati. He has a huge future ahead of him. Fati’s performance should be highlighted. I was complaining a little last week when he didn’t show his maximum performance in pre-season. He’s only 17 years old, he will have a great future but he also must improve things. Sometimes he lacks a bit of concentration.”, said the Barça boss.
Regarding a potential striker signing, the manager added: “It would be good have a ‘9’ so we have more options, but we can also play without one.”
Griezmann, who had a more silent performance tonight did not disappoint the Dutchman either: “I’m very happy with Griezmann. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t score.”
“I’m very happy with the what we’ve shown in the first half, we dominated the opposition. We played like a great team, recovering balls, and our transition in attack has been optimal.”, added Koeman.