“Of course I like that Riqui Puig vindicates himself”

The Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman, attended the media at a press conference after the Catalans’ victory over Elche at the Martínez Valero (0-2). Three more points with which the Catalan team regains third place in the League and adds its fourth consecutive victory in the domestic championship.

The Dutch coach spoke to the Barça TV microphones and the rest of the media in the Martínez Valero press room. Koeman was satisfied after the three points added and the attitude of his team in the match against Elche after several consecutive games in a short time. He also spoke about the goal of Riqui Puig, with which Barcelona sentenced the match against the Elche team.


«I am very happy with how we played today. It was one of the most difficult matches. We come from three games without winning in the 90 minutes. It was difficult to score goals because Elche defended well, we had patience, in the second half we had more opportunities.

De Jong

“Yes, all teams need footballers to volunteer, we also need forwards, but goals from midfielders are also very good for the team. And if we can have the quality and demonstrate it, then obviously we do not miss the others »


“We have a very focused team from the beginning. It was difficult for us to create, but we had patience and when we opened the scoring we continued with very good pressure, we stole the ball. It was difficult for us to score the second, they only had one chance due to our failure in defense but Ter Stegen was very good ».

Riqui Puig’s goal

“He has jumped well, he has reached an area where we want to see the midfielders.”

Match against Elche

«I have seen a very concentrated Barça from the beginning of the party. We had a lot of ball possession. The spaces defended us well, but the key today has been our game without the ball. Pressure and steals to gain depth »

Dembélé change

“There was a time when we lost balls, we risked too much without much space in the middle and we wanted to refresh the team up with Francisco (Trincao)”

Riqui Puig

«Of course I like that it is vindicated. This is the way it has to be with all players who don’t have many minutes. They have to enjoy their opportunities and show that they can have a future. It has had its importance in the party.


«Normally there is Leo, who is number one, and we have had two days where others have tried to improve … in the end it is the captain who decides. We have decided two players to take on that responsibility, and you will see it later if Leo is not there.

Party key

“Despite a calendar with a lot of games, we had a great concentration today. There is no doubt when we have the ball, with our game of position. We create danger with players above. The key is when we don’t have the ball, to recover as soon as possible ».


“I don’t want to say that we have found a fixed midfield because there is always competition, but the team has improved. There are players like Pjanic or Riqui who can play equally, but we have found a consolidated medium with Busi, Frenkie higher up and Pedri ».

Accumulation of matches

“It may be that in the end of matches we notice a little more fatigue than our rivals because we have been playing for many games for 120 minutes and Elche, for example, had been tired for a week. But we can see it at the end, not at the beginning »


«We know that Busquets has five cards. It is part of football, you have to accept it. But first we have a game on Wednesday which is the most important thing now. Then we will see how we solve Sunday.

Match rating

“We know that it is always difficult. But the key today is that we have been very focused, we have had possession of the ball and we have not conceded easy chances. In the end we have been patient, knowing the fatigue that dragged on after so many consecutive games »