Ronald Koeman also bragged after the game, stating that Real Madrid were not far superior to Barcelona.
Azulgrana lost 2-1 at home to Real Madrid in La Liga football on Sunday, leaving them in fifth place with just 15 points after nine games.
“I understand the frustration of others. But today we showed that we are not inferior to Real Madrid,” said the Dutchman.
“If the score is still 1-0 and we don’t concede goals, everything will change. It’s true that we had a good first half. and control the game well We have the opportunity to lead.
“But in the second half They make their own part well. and well protected We, too, cannot create a dangerous opportunity. The team had to reduce the effectiveness of the counter-attack. We were disappointed with the results but not with what we did as a team.
“They had many opportunities. But it’s a close game and when it’s like this it’s important to score the first goal first. They are dangerous in the counter-attack.”
Ronald Koeman also bragged after the game
Koeman was already under serious pressure before the game and the loss has only raised that to even higher levels. Barcelona got off to a nightmare start when their hosts took the lead inside three minutes and they looked like conceding more throughout the half.
Gerard Pique eventually paid the price for his side’s ropey defending, with Koeman hauling him off on the half hour mark. Benfica would go on to add two more goals. After the break and Eric Garcia capped off a horrific night by seeing red for a second bookable offence just before the final whistle.
Speaking to the press after the game, Koeman insisted that he has not lost the dressing room but did admit that his future was ultimately out of his hands.
“I can only comment on my work with the team. So I feel supported by my players and their attitude. I don’t know about the rest. I don’t know about the club,” he said, as reported by ufabet .