Ronald Koeman spoke right after the game at a press conference.
What did you like the most about the game after a few difficult days?
The first part was very weak, we lacked rhythm and we had no chances. The second half was better because the rhythm and depth of the team improved.
What have you said to the players at halftime?
I was unhappy with the pace of the game, with our slow ball play. And then the defense went way backwards. We have improved in the second part. We scored three goals and we were able to do more. Everyone has seen that the intensity and rhythm of the ball was lacking. It is normal for Messi to ask for more intensity.
What does Pjanic have to improve?
The rhythm of the ball, knowing his position … But always, if you change a player, it seems that he is the culprit. It is not like this. The others have not put more pace in the game, but we preferred that Leo play ten and open Ousmane. And that’s why we have removed Miralem.
Messi has taken the chestnuts out of the fire …
If I’m talking about older people, it’s not Leo … There are older people. And more people who have to make a difference. And Messi has made a difference and has proven to be very, very important for this team.