Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman does not agree that Seville’s 2-0 first-leg semi-final victory over Blaugrana in the Copa del Rey was a fair reflection of the match, although the officials were also challenged.
With a fine individual effort, Jules Kounde opened the scoring in the first half, before former Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic wrapped up a potentially important victory in the latter stages.
With Seville goalkeeper Yassine Bounou holding him at bay as he made four saves in total, Lionel Messi went close for the visitors several times, with the Moroccan saving all 18 shots on target he had to face in the Copa this season.
On March 3, the two teams renewed warfare at Camp Nou for the second half, although Barca only advanced past Seville once in the Copa, losing the first leg to the Andalusians.
The possession was shaded by Barca (53.6 percent) and their 13 shots were two more than the hosts, with Koeman left persuaded that his side had been hard done by.
With too much incentive for them, that’s the outcome, “It is a result with too much reward for them,” We saw a well-playing Barca, creating a very strong chance.
In the second half, we put a lot of pressure on each other. I can’t put the team to blame. Another game is left, and we have to try to win and play the final.
“It is difficult at 2-0. We had opportunities to score, but their defense was good, as was their goalkeeper too, but at home, this Barca is capable of anything.”
A moment in the second half in which Suso was adjudged to have fouled Jordi Alba just outside the box left Barca disappointed, but Koeman and his players were persuaded that the offense took place inside the box.