In the 2-1 La Liga victory against Real Sociedad, Ronald Koeman believes Barcelona’s “attitude and intensity” proved that they can rebound from their early-season struggles.
As goals from Jordi Alba and Frenkie de Jong secured a 23rd consecutive home league victory against Sociedad, Barca head coach Koeman hailed his team’s display.
From the kick-off, Koeman’s Barca dominated but was unable to register a shot on goal in the first 25 minutes, as Willian Jose’s 27th-minute attempt at Camp Nou fell behind the home side.
But two goals changed the game in favor of Barca in 12 minutes before half-time and Koeman insisted his players displayed the characteristics required to boost their patchy form.
“With this attitude and this intensity we will be where we should be,” Koeman said after the match.
“[It was] definitely the best first half of the season]. With the ball, we were strong and we pressed well. Real played a fine game in the second half. With a lot of pressure, it was a high-level fight.”
After half-time against the second-placed La Liga outfit, Barcelona played a more reactive game, logging just 38.6 percent of possession as they defended their lead.