Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman rebuked his players after conceding a comical goal in the 2-1 defeat to Cadiz on Saturday and criticized their behavior after falling 12 points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Alvaro Negredo scored the winning goal after a series of comic mistakes from Barcelona. Jordi Alba surprised his teammate defender Clemo to get him a bad side throw, and goalkeeper Marc-Andre Terchteigen kicked the ball directly towards the Cadiz striker, who put it in the net.
Koeman told Catalan television station TV3 after Barcelona’s fourth defeat in 10 league matches, “We lost due to an amazing mistake, this is not the level I expect from my team … the error shows that we are not playing with concentration. The team’s behavior was not good tonight. I am very disappointed, and we have to get better. ”
Cadiz took the lead early after a defensive error from Barcelona, when Oscar Mingiza struck his head towards his own goal, giving Alvaro Jimenez, the home striker, the opportunity to score.
Barcelona equalized the score in the 57th minute, with Pedro Alcala’s own goal, before trailing moments later.
It is the third consecutive away from the home game in which Barcelona makes easy mistakes and fails to win.
“It is complicated to explain why we have received so many goals lately,” Koeman said. “This may be due to the lack of focus.”
“When we equalized, we had half an hour to score again, but we conceded a goal that we could not concede from a side throw. We also missed the ferocity when the ball was not with us today.”
“We went through ups and downs during the match, and also in our behavior.”
Barcelona lost the La Liga title last season to Real Madrid in the penultimate round but now faces the risk of staying out of the race after just over a quarter of the season has passed.
The Dutch coach concluded, “It is a step backward in our fight for the title … We must look at it in this way after this disappointing result today. 12 points is a huge difference, but we must continue to work.”
Source : Agencies