Sevilla 2-0 Barcelona | Copa del Rey Also offered support for Umtiti
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has admitted that his side have a lot of work to do in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Sevilla, after losing 2-0 at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Wednesday night.
The two teams curiously face off again in LaLiga Santander on February 27 in Seville, four days before the second leg in Catalonia. Before that second-leg tie, though, Barcelona have five fixtures to play.
“We have to analyse the game. There are a lot of games before the next match,” Koeman said in his post-match press conference.
“There has been a lot of wear and tear. We have to try to play and win in the second leg.
“There is hope, although the tie is complicated. But this team are capable of anything at home.”
The Dutchman was clearly unhappy that Barcelona were not awarded a penalty in the 70th minute after a foul on Jordi Alba, as referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz said it was just outside the area.
“There is always a doubt about penalties,” Koeman stated.
“Everyone told me it was a penalty. They made fouls, but clever fouls.
“They defended very well. They are a strong team. They are a great team with a great squad.
“We are in good form, we fought. We played well, but we played against a great team, and a very physical team.
“We had chances. There is VAR, but I think there is a penalty.”
Samuel Umtiti came into the starting line-up alongside Oscar Mingueza at centre-back, but it was not the Frenchman’s finest night as he was involved in both of Sevilla‘s goals. Afterwards, Koeman confirmed that he opted for Umtiti over the healthy Clement Lenglet.
“He had no physical problems,” Koeman said on Lenglet.
“It was a decision to play with Umtiti and Mingueza because there are a lot of games. There are not many people at the back, and you have to have all the players available.
“We left a lot of space in the first goal, not only in defence, but also in the middle of the pitch. And in the second we weren’t good at setting the offside trap.
“Umtiti was good in the game. He made mistakes, like everyone else. It’s part of football. It’s not fair to go after him. We all lose and we all win.”