Clement Lengle’s red card meant that the Blaugrana had to play more than half of the match with a man down, but they still cruised to a 3-0 win anyway.
Lengle’s red card was a decision that Barca shouldn’t discuss
Ronald Koeman was pleased with his Barcelona side’s reaction to going down to 10 men against Celta Vigo. Clement Lengle’s red card meant that the Blaugrana had to play more than half of the match with a man down, but they still cruised to a 3-0 win anyway. Barcelona were particularly dismayed by the second yellow card, given to Langlet for his foul on Denis Suarez. “You can debate whether it was yellow or not,” Koeman said at full-time. “It was tough punishment.” It’s hard to be a referee. That is a decision that we shouldn’t discuss. It was more important to talk about how to play with a man down than to discuss that. I am very proud of this team in today’s match. We worked very well and played with a lot of discipline as a team, with one man down.
“We won even with one less player. We’re doing well. These results make us think we’re on the right track.” Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati were vital in the attack for the visitors at Balaidos. “They were outstanding, as the whole team,” Koeman said of the pair. “Leo worked a lot without the ball.” Koeman was also given a chance to react to Barcelona against Juventus in their Champions League group. “We know that Juventus are one of the stronger teams in the group,” he added. “Let’s hope we get through to the knockout stages in this competition. We have to get through.”