Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman accepts his side cannot afford to make the kind of mistakes as goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen did in first-half stoppage time which condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid.
There appeared little clear and present danger when the ball was cleared up field just before the break when Ter Stegen took it upon himself to rush towards the halfway line, only for Yannick Carrasco to sidestep him and shoot into an empty net.
A lacklustre Barcelona could not find their way back into the match, leaving Koeman once again facing more questions over the direction of his side, who sit 10th in the table and look well off the pace.
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“We played well in the first half, but a team like Barcelona cannot concede a goal in the 47th minute as we have done,” the Dutchman said.
“The players are working well, but we want better results. In principle we have done the maximum.
“Afterwards we have had two very clear opportunities to tie the game.
“But we know that Atletico defends very well. The goal was our fault, it is not good and it can’t happen.”Copyright © 2022 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.