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'This performance shows we will be where we should be'

FC Barcelona's Dutch coach Ronald Koeman praised his side following their 2-1 LaLiga Santander win over high-flying Real Sociedad.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 08: Head coach Ronald Koeman of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Group G stage match between FC Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou on December 08, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain und
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Ronald Koeman believes Barcelona's "attitude and intensity" in the 2-1 LaLiga victory against Real Sociedad proved they can recover from their early-season struggles.

Barça head coach Koeman hailed his team display as Jordi Alba and Frenkie de Jong's goals earned a 23rd successive home league win against Real Sociedad.

Koeman's men controlled from the kick-off but were not able to record a shot on goal in the first 25 minutes, as the home side fell behind to Willian Jose's 27th-minute effort at Camp Nou.

But two goals in the space of 12 minutes before flipped the game in Barca's favour and Koeman insisted his players showed the characteristics needed to improve on their patchy form.

"With this attitude and this intensity we will be where we should be," Koeman said post-match.

"[It was] surely the best first half [of the season]. We were good with the ball and we pressed well....

"The second half La Real played a great game. It was a high-level clash with a lot of intensity."

Barcelona played a more reactive game after half-time against the second-placed LaLiga outfit, logging only 38.6 per cent possession as they protected their lead.

Alexander Isak threatened a late equaliser but Marc-Andre ter Stegen blocked the Swedish winger's effort, the Barça goalkeeper's only save of note in the second half.

"You cannot control a game for 90 minutes," Koeman said. The wear and tear on the team has been impressive. We deserved to win for attitude."

The victory lifted Barça to fifth place in the table with six wins from their 12 games, within six points of Atletico Madrid, Sociedad and Real Madrid. 

Next up for the Catalan side is a home match against Valencia on Saturday.


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