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"We lost the game in the first half-hour"-Koeman

Wed 09 December 2020 | 6:07

The Blaugrana would’ve topped the Champions League group if they had managed to not lose 3-0, but they go into the draw for the Round of 16 as second seeds.

Cristiano Ronaldo

's brace and Weston McKennie's acrobatic volley allowed Juventus to humiliate Barcelona 3-0 at Camp Nou and win their Champions League group.

Ronald Koeman believes that Barcelona lost control in the first half of the match and did not perform well in attacks.

"

I think we lost the game in the first half-hour, as we got off to a bad start, didn't play well defensively, were lacking aggression in midfield, and Juve played well

," Koeman told Sky Sport Italia.

"They were particularly strong in the first half-hour and deserved to win."

Koeman also defended his team's performance in the group stage, saying his team had won the previous five games.

"You can also argue that the first penalty given wasn't a spot-kick, while if they gave that one, then they ought to award one for the incident on Messi."

"Don't forget we played two games against Juventus, not just this one, as we won 2-0 in Turin. You should also look at the age of the squad and consider it an important lesson they have learned. They have to play with more conviction."


source: SportMob

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