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Koeman: "No Barça player should miss two penalties in the same match"

The Barcelona coach was not happy with his players: "Barça players cannot miss two penalties. That's not serious. It can't happen at Barcelona".


Ronald Koeman faced the media after Thursday's Copa del Rey win over Cornellà

What was your overall view of the game?

We missed two penalties, but we had a lot of chances. That can't be happening at a club like Barça. We need to win games like this much earlier.

You yourself were a specialist penalty taker. What's the solution to this?

I don't understand it because normally we have plenty of players who can take, and score, penalties. Maybe it's fear, I don't know. Several players have missed - if you score one, it puts your mind at ease. Barça players can't miss two penalties in the same game. That's not right.

Do you think the team needs more penalty practice in training?

It's not as though there is that much pressure to take a penalty. There are no fans. You have to keep a cool head and score. It's always possible to miss a penalty, but you cannot accept missing two. Because of that, the team was forced to make a greater physical effort than they might have to in this kind of game.

Dembele's missed penalty
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Dembele's missed penaltyRodolfo MolinaDIARIO AS

Did the win feel like a weight has been taken off?

As I said before, there was a lot to lose and little to win. Cornellà played a great game and their goalkeeper was superb. It seemed as though we struggled to score - yet again. We could have made it easier for ourselves and they had a great game. I can understand why they beat Atlético . But we need to talk about why we had to play 120 minutes again.

Could it be a psychological problem?

It could be that the players are feeling more apprehensive than normal. Apart from Leo, we don't have a penalty taker who has shown they can score from the spot. We need to train more, score, y and just generally improve in that aspect.

Did you expect more from Trincao, Riqui and Ilaix?

Those who made their debut tonight have shown that they could have a future at this club. Some of the others lacked things.


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