Ronald Koeman insists Barcelona ‘are on the right path’ after producing resilient display to beat Celta Vigo with 10 men
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman praised his side’s fighting spirit and discipline after they eased to a 3-0 win at Celta Vigo on Thursday despite playing the entire second half with 10 men.
Barca defender Clement Lenglet was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 41st minute when Barca were 1-0 up thanks to an early strike from Ansu Fati.
But the Catalans played even better with 10 men and deservedly extended their lead through an own goal from Lucas Olaza, forced by a superb run by Lionel Messi, and a goal in added time from Sergi Roberto.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman praised his side’s fighting spirit and discipline after win
Ansu Fati pictured putting Barcelona 1-0 ahead in the 12th minute before their cruising victory
‘I’m so proud of the team for how they played tonight. We worked very well and played with a lot of discipline with one player less,’ Koeman said after a second win in a row to start the LaLiga campaign.
‘We are doing very well and results like this invite us to think we are on the right path.’
Barca were often over-powered by teams last season, none more so than in their humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich, but they looked far stronger and fitter against Celta.
Barcelona sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo on Thursday night in La Liga
Lionel Messi and Co have enjoyed a fine start to the campaign under new boss Ronald Koeman
‘We play like we train, you can tell that we are in a much better shape physically,’ added Koeman.
‘It’s not my business to talk about last season, I only care about this one but from day one I’ve seen these players show that they are hungry and motivated about redeeming themselves.’
Sergi Roberto celebrates after putting the icing on the cake for the visitors in the La Liga clash
Despite going down to 10 men, Barcelona looked comfortable all night against Celta Vigo
Messi celebrates after Lucas Olaza put into his own net as Barcelona went 2-0 up in the rain
Barcelona centre back Clement Lenglet receives his marching orders just before half-time