Koeman: Barcelona didn't kill the game

Ronald Koeman believes that his Barcelona side lacked ruthlessness away at Juventus on Wednesday evening. The Catalans left Turin with a 2-0 win, but they could have had more goals had they been more clinical.

Koeman was seen to be visibly annoyed late on when Ansu Fati opted to pass instead of shooting when in on goal, and he thinks his side were missing a bit of luck in the final third.

"We didn't kill the game," Koeman said afterwards. "We had very clear chances. But Antoine [Griezmann] had back luck, his shots couldn't have been much better.

"It's always important to create chances. We were the superior team, we had depth and a man free in the middle. It was a fair result."

Barcelona travelled to Italy light on options at centre-back and with Ronald Araujo starting and then going off injured, their concerns have only worsened.

"We've known from the beginning of the season that we are limited at centre-back," Koeman added. "If we're missing someone, we're in trouble.

"[Frenkie] de Jong has played there in Holland [before] and he has done very well."

It has been an eventful week at Barcelona following Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation as president, but the coach insists he's only focussing on the football.

"I think we have to think about the sporting side only," Koeman said. "The team have been good and it doesn't affect me.

"It doesn't worry me. We're putting our energy into football. It's not in our hands."

Source: Marca

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