Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman explained that he sees “the tie against Paris Saint-Germain very even” after beating Alavés 5-1 at the Camp Nou and thus chaining the seventh victory in the League, before the first leg of the round of 16 final of the Champions League against the French team.
“We arrived with a lot of ambition. We have to play a complete game: effectiveness up top and a lot of forcefulness when defending,” the Barça coach continued to explain in this regard at a press conference.
According to him, PSG is “a team with a lot of individual quality and that is very strong”, and even considered that if it had “all the available players” they would be facing “the best moment of the season” for Barcelona. Regarding the good moment that Leo Messi is living, who against Alavés was the author of two goals, revealed that “he is very involved and happy and to win this tie” and will need “all the players in their best moment”.
Although he said that “for Ilaix Moriba it is a time to learn because you cannot miss a pass like this”, referring to the mistake made by the subsidiary player in the exit of the ball that led to the Alavés goal, Koeman said that “you have to stay above all with the reaction after 2-1 “.
Regarding Francisco Trincao, who scored two goals in his first game as a starter at the Camp Nou in LaLiga with Barcelona after scoring the winning goal against Betis the previous day, he explained that “having confidence in yourself is important and you have to leave a margin of adaptation to a young player who comes to a big team like Barça “.