The Ukrainians missed several players due to a mix of COVID-19 and injury, but there were still moments during the match when they troubled the Catalans.

Overall, Barcelona were fine

Ronald Koeman has agreed that Barcelona needs to improve on some aspects of their game, and the Dutch coach pointed to their playoff the ball after beating Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 on Wednesday night. The Ukrainians missed several players due to a mix of COVID-19 and injury, but there were still moments during the match when they troubled the Catalans. “Overall we’re fine,” Koeman said in his post-match interview. “Winning all three Champions League games is very positive. We have to play well, and we have to improve the play without the ball.” Marc-André ter Stegen played in his first game of the season, his first since successful knee surgery, and he was in great shape between the sticks.

 

“Once again he showed that he is a great goalkeeper,” admitted the coach. “He was perfect. He trained well for a week, and we saw that he is fit. Today he showed his qualities.”

 

Frenkie de Jong was an unexpected choice in the centre-back next to Gerard Pique, with Koeman saying he was testing a variation he had at his disposal. “Clement Lenglet has played a lot of games and had some physical difficulties,” Koeman said. “And so we put Frankie in. It is an option we can have. Look for two against one. We took advantage of that.” Despite the victory, there were portions of the game where Barcelona got under considerable pressure. “The problem exists, sometimes it cannot be pushed through,” Koeman said. “And if you do that, you will leave spaces. They played well and created the danger. In general, we were good defensively. In no other match, we have not suffered such danger from an opponent as today. We need to improve the play without the ball.”