A few days after Sevilla’s match, the Blaugrana will host the Andalusians in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, which Barcelona are trailing 2-0 from the first leg, but the Dutch coach disagrees that this is the most crucial week for his team.
There is pressure on everyone in the LaLiga
Barcelona face Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sánchez-Pizjuán in a top-four clash on Saturday, and Ronald Koeman thinks all the teams at the top are putting pressure on them. A few days after this match, the Blaugrana will host the Andalusians in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, which Barcelona are trailing 2-0 from the first leg, but the Dutch coach disagrees that this is the most crucial week for his team. “I disagree. It looks like we are the only ones playing critical games,” Koeman said during a pre-match press conference on Friday. “This weekend, the top teams are playing against each other. There is pressure on everyone, not more on us and less on the rest. “If you are the coach of Barcelona, there is pressure in every game.”
Barcelona have to try to win the LaLiga and the Copa match
When asked about the nature of Sevilla’s play twice in a matter of days, Koeman was clear to point out the difference. “These are two different games. Tomorrow is the league, and Wednesday is the Copa del Rey,” he explained. “We have to try to win both of them and we know the result of the first Copa match, and tomorrow we are talking about the continuation of the race that we have in the league. We need to pick up points and put pressure on those at the top.” Barcelona included Ronald Araujo in the list squad for Sevilla’s match, and the coach is pleased to have seen the Uruguayan defender so far this season. “Araujo had an outstanding season,” Koeman said. “He is a young defender, he learned a lot, he showed his quality, his physique. It’s important to have strong and fast players.”
“He needs to improve his ball game, but he brings a lot to the table. Everyone on the list has a chance to play. You’ll see tomorrow.”