Ronald Koeman commented on Barcelona’s come-from-behind victory over Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman said his team was seeking to win the Copa del Rey as they attempted to overhaul the LaLiga leadership of Atletico Madrid.
Barca came from behind to defeat second-tier side Rayo Vallecano 2-1 in Wednesday’s last-16 Copa del Rey showdown.
But Koeman and Barca remain concentrated on the target of silverware, with the Catalan team expected to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16.
“I am very happy. We played a good game from the beginning. On many occasions, we forgave them in the first part, there were plays in the last move in which there could be penalties. Yes, in the first half, we had issues. In the second one, I think we’ve shown our personality, scoring quality objectives, particularly with the score against, we came back in the game. In the end, with only one goal difference, you still suffer from such a close outcome. The team performed very well overall.
“We know these are complicated games, it does not matter the category of the opponent. They played a great game, they complicated us. But, in the first half, we forgave them, we should’ve scored one or two goals.”
Koeman added, “Our goal is to go game by game, try to win every game to try to move up in the table. Play in the Champions League cut the gap we have now [in the league].
We want the Copa [del Rey] to win. I assume that this is the attitude that our team has shown in all competitions and is seeking to get the best out of it. It’s necessary. We’re Barca, but we don’t have easy games.
We know how the Copa games are, it doesn’t depend on the category of your opponent. You have to work a lot and play well. The field was not very good to play our game. Despite the state of the field, we played a very good game. Also, the team had the right mentality to overcome this play-off.”