At one point, it seemed that this would be a disastrous season for Barcelona. In Primera, they were very late and wasted points, in the Champions League they were outclassed by PSG, and in the first match of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, they were smoothly defeated 0: 2 in Seville and it seemed that there was no chance for a trophy this season.
When the financial and institutional crisis in the club, Messi's unresolved status, precious signings that did not live up to expectations, and the final arrest of President Bertomeu are added to all that, Barça really acted like a sinking ship ...
A hope still appeared. Tonight, Barcelona miraculously managed to make up for the loss from Andalusia, and after overtime, they eliminated Sevilla for the placement in the finals of the Copa del Rey. Before that, Barcelona managed to reach second place in the league, so the Madrid derby next weekend awaits them with such hope that they will get involved in the fight for the title.
Importance of Copy Del Rey
Ronald Koeman somehow managed to lift the team out of the bad atmosphere that dominates the famous club. "We fought to the point of exhaustion and did something amazing. I am very pleased with the players tonight.
In two games, we showed that we are a better team." "We never underestimated Copa del Rey and we showed mentality. I can't ask my players for more from this ", a satisfied Koeman said after the victory over Sevilla.
With those words, it is as if he told everyone not to cultivate illusions about some crazy turnaround in Paris next week when Barça play the rematch of the 1/8th finals of the Champions League after 1: 4 at the Camp Nou.
"One thing is 0: 2, and another is 1: 4. We will start the match with the intention of winning and we will see how it goes. If that is not possible, we will accept it and move on. " Much has been said in recent weeks about Koeman's status.
Many believe that he will not be on the Barcelona bench next season either. "Koeman has always been honest with us in the locker room and has our support because he is doing a great job," Jordi Alba defended the coach after the match with Sevilla.
Maybe a turnaround against Sevilla could be the announcement of some better days. Already this weekend, Barça are visiting Osasuna, chasing victory and waiting for the epilogue from the Madrid derby, after which they could become a completely legitimate candidate for the title in the threesome race. After that, they go to Paris ...