Barcelona awaits a series of matches outside in January, Koeman: "Important month"
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FC Barcelona footballers did not show any goal machine against the weakest team of the Spanish La Liga Huesce, but still scored three points on Sunday after winning 1: 0. Frenkie de Jong took the lead 27 minutes into the game by Lionel Messi , who scored it.
Coach Ronald Koeman took the result pragmatically, focusing more on the upcoming matches. "This month is very important for our final goals, because we play a lot of matches outside. If we can succeed in them, we can fight for the title," he told the Spanish daily Marc in an interview. The Catalans are in 5th place after Sunday's 17th round matches, they skipped FC Sevilla, which drew on Saturday in a derby with Real Betis 1: 1.
Of the opponents in front of them, Real Sociedad hesitated, drawing 1:1 with the penultimate Pamplona. Atletico Madrid, with a goal from Luis Suarez in the 90th minute, won on the ground of Alaves and holds the first position. "We saw over the weekend that it is not easy to win outside. If the teams in front of us record a bad series, our ten-point lead loss may be reduced. But it all depends on us and our ability to win," the Dutch coach recalled.
This time, Koeman let Antoine Griezmann sit on the bench from the beginning, which raised questions. "I trust every single player on the team. I just decided to play three central midfielders and three forwards. At the point on Wednesday there was a choice between Braithwaite and Griezmann and Martin went there. This is the player we need in exactly such matches and played very The fact that Griezmann started on the bench does not mean anything, "explained the Barcelona coach.
The Catalans now face four matches on the opponent's turf. During the week they will play in La Liga in Bilbao and Granada. This is followed by the Super Cup in Cordoba against San Sebastian and then the duel in Elche again in the Spanish top competition.