The Blaugrana weren’t sure of three points until Ronald Araujo’s late goal during their 5-2 win over Getafe on Wednesday.
Barcelona aren’t the strongest team in the LaLiga title race
Ronald Koeman has frankly admitted that he does not consider Barcelona to be the strongest team in the LaLiga title race this year. The Blaugrana weren’t sure of three points until Ronald Araujo’s late goal during their 5-2 win over Getafe on Wednesday. “I don’t think we are stronger than the other three squads, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla,” Koeman said. “They are winning games too, and we all have tough games. The fight will be until the last day.” Whether that final day will be Leo Messi’s last game for the club is unclear. The mercurial Argentine, who scored twice against Getafe, sees his contract expire in June. “If I spoke to Leo, I wouldn’t tell you,” Koeman noted. “The decision to stay at the club is in his hands. Leo never lets his concentration slip. If he does, you will not notice it in his game.”
Mingueza is having a great season
“Barcelona need him. He was decisive again today. Let’s hope he stays for many years.” The main flashpoint of the victory over Getafe came when Koeman replaced Oscar Mingueza in the second half. The coach raged at his defender for playing too high just minutes before. “He was injured, and I was not sure whether to take him off,” explained Koeman. “We should have made a decision earlier. Then in the second half, maybe my opinion towards him was exaggerated. He’s having a great season. But young players must learn to be 100 per cent in every game. We had a dip. We struggled to get the rhythm in our game. Mingueza, Pedri, Ronald Araujo… Defensively, we let our concentration slip through. I was angry because they played badly. The substitution was to get Samuel Umtiti on. He deserves more minutes. It’s not because I was mad at Mingueza.”
“I am very pleased with Oscar. I’ve spoken with him, and there are no problems.”