Yesterday at Camp Nou Barcelona barely managed to win the game by 1 goal that too coming from a penalty in the late 80 minutes of the game.
Even though the fans aren’t satisfied with the game yesterday, the 61-year old Spaniard coach has backed his team describing his team as “good and strong”. There remains no doubt that this LaLiga is proving to be a tough one as we see the underdog teams are playing quite well even defeating Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico.
The Saturday’s game was supposed to be a tough one against Real Sociedad but Barca struggled to find the net even though having a lot of chances in the first half. In the second half, we saw a poor performance of the team but a strong performance of the two centre backs – Pique and Lenglet.
They kept the clean sheet and didn’t bother ter Stegan much while a late Lionel Messi penalty gave the hosts all three points, returning them to the top of the table ahead of Real Madrid’s trip to Real Betis on Sunday.
Setien seems happy with his team’s performance and said he knew it would be a tough game against the Copa del Rey finalists. After the match he said:
“I’m in charge of the team, that’s what I’m concerned with. And the team is good, strong morale, it’s true we came from a painful defeat but I see the team as good and strong.
“We knew that it would be a very complicated game. La Real, I think, had gone six games winning in a row including at the Bernabeu. They are a team that works with the ball well and when they overcome your press have players upfront of the quality to do you damage. Meanwhile, we controlled the play in many phases and generated many many chances.”
Barcelona’s next game is against Real Mallorca away from home at the Iberostar Stadium and they have a week to prepare for it. They won the reverse fixture by 5-2 back in December under Valverde at the Camp Nou.
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