In his first season as trainer FC Barcelona, Ronald Koeman also threatens to grab second prize. After the defeat in the Supercopa against Athletic Bilbao, Wednesday night Seville was too strong in the first semi-final of the Copa del Rey (2-0). One man is pointed out in the Spanish press.
Almost impossible mission for Barça in Camp Nou, Mundo Deportivo looks ahead on March 3, when Barcelona has to try to clear a 2-0 backlog against Seville. “Koemans team played an acceptable match and at times showed his true face, but got easy goals to the ears of Jules Koundé and Ivan Rakitic.”
A club like Barcelona is obliged to play finals, says Marca. It must be a habit of playing them – and not losing them. But after it went wrong in the battle for the Supercopa, that scenario threatens to repeat itself in the Copa del Rey. Once again Koeman and co. must be in pursuit.”
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— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 10, 2021
The schlemile of the evening became Samuel Umtiti. The French defender allowed himself to be bluffed by Koundé, who got a free passage at the 1-0, and went dramatically into the fault of Rakitics 2-0 by stepping too late for siding and slipping out. Diario SPORT gives him a 3. “Disaster performance, “it sounds.
Umtiti got a new chance from Koeman to show that he has the level to play for Barça. But it was disturbing what the Frenchman showed. He is physically incapable of being trustworthy.” Frenkie de Jong gets a 5 for his performance. The Dutchman gave everything on the field. It was not up to his attitude, but he could not surprise the opponent again.
Tough night for Umtiti.- Megged by Kounde for first goal.- Tried to play Rakitic offside for second. pic.twitter.com/lz22Z4ml0o
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 10, 2021
El Periodico gives De Jong a tight enough. Koeman comes out more with a 5. But, writes the Catalan daily newspaper, Barça has not yet been disabled. The best of this team comes out at the worst moments. The team seems to have a bit of adversity and is now looking for a new comeback.
Umtiti is described by El Desmarque as very passive, very vulnerable, while De Jong gets a 5. “He has everything and walked a lot close to the left of the field, but because of his defensive work he hardly got to attack.”