The Dutchman wants his side to be more clinical from the spot and in general. “If we look at the penalties, we took 12 this season and conceded seven if we include the Supercopa shootout,” he said.

Barcelona took 12 penalties this season and conceded seven

Ronald Koeman expressed disappointment with the two penalties Barcelona missed against Cornelli on Thursday and discussed this some more on Saturday when he previewed the trip to take on Elche in LaLiga. The Dutchman wants his side to be more clinical from the spot and in general. “If we look at the penalties, we took 12 this season and conceded seven if we include the Supercopa shootout,” he said. “That’s a lot, too much. If Lionel Messi is not here, who is our number one player, we need someone else to take them. We worked on it yesterday and today. We cannot accept the situation, and something has to change. We’ll decide Sunday’s penalty taker in the pre-match talk. We’ll pick two players, but the final decision will be in the hands of the captain.”

Ronald Koeman will choose an enthusiastic team

Koeman discussed in more detail that game at Elche, the match where Messi will serve the second part of this two-legged ban. “There are no easy games, and we know we have a busy schedule,” he said. “We also just played three periods of extra time. We had many outings and games at 21:00, but this one is in the afternoon. I will choose an enthusiastic team with a strong mentality. We will need to recover certain players because we need freshness. Sergi Roberto is back to training, but he still needs time. He will be back on the lists soon. We hope we won’t have any more significant injuries.” Luis Suarez was also brought up in the press conference, with the player Koeman shipped off to Atletico Madrid in the summer now the joint-top scorer of LaLiga.

“I don’t like to answer these questions,” the coach replied. He’s a great player, but we made a decision. If you ask me every time, he scores…”