Ronald Koeman expects criticism as Barcelona fail to protect 2 goal lead in second half

FC Barcelona now need Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid to drop points in their remaining fixtures in order to win La Liga this season.

A dejected Ronald Koeman walks off the pitch
A dejected Ronald Koeman walks off the pitch

FC Barcelona further hampered their chances of winning La Liga this season. Ronald Koeman’s side drew 3-3 against 13th placed Levante even after having a 2 goal lead at half-time.

A victory for the Blaugranas would have seen them move top of the league table albeit temporarily given other results did not go their way. But a win would have atleast kept them in the reckoning for the the league title this year which has boiled down to the wire in Spain.

FC Barcelona’s hopes of winning La Liga have almost evaporated after the 3-3 draw against Levante

FC Barcelona players after failing to protect their lead
FC Barcelona players after failing to protect their lead

After having a 2 goal cushion at half-time, Ronald Koeman chose to bring on Sergi Roberto at the start of the second half in place of Ronald Araujo. The substitution did not go down well for Koeman’s side as Levante found plenty of space in Barcelona territory and made them pay with 3 goals in 45 minutes.

Koeman in looking to rectify his mistake took off Roberto in the final 10 minutes but the damage was already done by then. Ronald Koeman however, did not back down from his mistakes and spoke at the post-match press conference admitting his mistakes had cost Barcelona the game.

Lionel Messi reacts after the pinching draw
Lionel Messi reacts after the pinching draw

“As a coach I am the one most responsible,” Koeman said. “I am asking myself what we did at half-time, because we had talked about continuing with the intensity and improving things defensively. Watching the second half, that didn’t happen. We have lowered the intensity.

“The players, technical staff and coach, we are all sad.

“Now, we have to prepare for the last two games and prepare ourselves for the next season. But first we have to get over today’s draw, which is a hard thing to do.

“We entered the second half with less intensity, reacting late to all plays. We have gone down in everything and it has been a problem.”

FC Barcelona are now 2nd in the table but can move down to 3rd place by the end of the match-day , 4 points adrift of Atletico if their rivals win their game today.

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