Ronald Koeman saw FC Barcelona beat 3-2 in Bilbao Athletic on Wednesday evening. For the trainer, the level that his team showed was the standard for the rest of the season. “This is the way we have to continue. We have fully controlled the game, I have hardly seen a weak moment,” said the former Orange national coach proudly.
Barcelona fell 1-0 after 3 minutes, but goals from Pedri and star Messi (2) gave the guests a comfortable lead. Shortly before the end, Iker Muniain made it exciting with the 3-2. “The title race is still open,” said Koeman, who had previously been gloomy about his team’s chances in La Liga. “There can be injuries, teams that are performing well now can relapse.”
There was praise for his star Messi who probably played his best game of this season. “Messi has given everything from day one. He’s been playing at the top level for so many years but it seems like he’s getting more and more effective.” With his hits, Messi came to a season total of nine, making him a joint top scorer in the Spanish league. Koeman also liked the 18-year-old playmaker Pedri. “Despite his age, he plays so mature.”
Barcelona climbed to third place, 7 points behind league-leader Atlético Madrid, which still has two matches.