After the end of El Clásico, the grapes were sour for Ronald Koeman. The trainer of FC Barcelona saw his team with 2-1 losses against archrival Real Madrid and then pointed to the penalty kick Barça should have had in his eyes.
Six minutes before, Martin Braithwaite went near the rear line to the ground, after light contact with Ferland Mendy. Barças players went to get a massive story from arbitrator Jesús Gil Manzano, who, however, did not shrink and even handed out a yellow card to Koeman. It was pronounced afterwards. “That penalty was clarísimo, obvious,” said the Barcelona trainer in talks with the Spanish press. “Everyone has seen this. It could have just been 2-2.”
Koeman found it ridiculous that the VAR did not intervene either. “If you look at how Martin falls, that can not but be a violation. We have a VAR for these kinds of situations, but I better not say anything about that… I do not understand why there is a VAR in Spain at all,” said the Barça trainer. “I must emphasize that we did not start strongly (Barcelona was already behind 2-0 after half an hour, red.), but we showed mental resilience. We had earned a decision in our favor during that situation.”
The Catalans had the leading position in La Liga for grabbing, but are one point behind fellow townsmen Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. Los Rojiblancos also have credit for the away game against Real Betis and can lead to a four-point lead on Sunday evening.
Disputable moment in the final phase ⚠️ Should this have been a penalty for Barcelona? 🔎 Ronald Koeman is angry and gets yellow 🟨 #ZiggoSport #LaLiga #MoTD #RealMadridBarça #ElClasico pic.twitter.com/RGLMRULV0M
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