Koeman: ‘Loss to Cadiz is a major blow and giant step backwards’

FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has admitted that the defeat away at Cadiz in LaLiga was a big shock to him and a giant step backwards in the team’s development. Barcelona fell behind early in the game, but managed to draw level in the second half. Just before the end of the game Alvaro Negredo restored Cadiz’ lead, helping his side to claim a historic win over Barcelona.

“The defeat is difficult to explain,” Koeman said after the game. “We’ve come here after some good games, but the first half wasn’t good. We were better in the second half, but the way in which we lost was incredible. We lost due to an unexpected mistake that you cannot make. It came from not being focused. The attitude wasn’t good tonight, and not just from the defenders.”

“It’s very hard to explain some of the goals that we’ve conceded. I think it might be because of a lack of concentration. We lack aggression without the ball. That might be why we concede. It’s not easy to explain that second goal.”

After a poor start to the season Barcelona seemed to have turned around things lately and Koeman hoped his team would fight their way back to the top of the table. “It’s a giant step backwards in our chances of fighting for LaLiga [Santander]. It’s disappointing, but we have to accept it. A gap of 12 points to a team as strong as Atletico Madrid is a lot. There are still a lot of games to play but if we don’t improve our attitude and our ups and downs away from home, we can’t say any more.”

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