Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman described January as “very important for our ambitions” after his side won 1-0 at LaLiga relegated Huesca in the first of four consecutive away matches. With Frenkie De Jong’s 27th minute goal, Barca sealed the win, with Lionel Messi providing a fine assist on his return to the team after an ankle injury – the Argentine superstar making his 750th appearance for the team.
Koeman’s eleven are now fifth in the table, 10 points behind Atletico Madrid’s champions, who have played one less match. At the top of #LaLigaSantander for @atletienglish, things are looking fine! #LiveResults pic.twitter.com/wecLNXQBJM- LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) January 3, 2021The next game for Barca is on Wednesday at Athletic Bilbao, three days later they fly to Granada and then to Elche on January 24. In his post-match press conference, Marca quoted Koeman as saying, “This month is very important for our ambitions because we have a lot of games away from home and if we win them I think we can fight. ” This weekend, we saw that winning away from home is not easy. The distance can be closed if a team (above us) has a bad run, but it depends on us winning. Despite numerous attempts on goal, Barca had just one goal to demonstrate for their efforts, including two by Messi who were well saved by Huesca goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez, while the hosts took the lead through on-loan Wolves striker Rafa Mir and tried in vain to equalize in the closing stages. The Frenkie End pic.twitter.com/5lMTcKh89n- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 3, 2021Koeman said, “Barca had just one goal to show for their efforts despite numerous attempts on goal, including two by Messi that were well saved by Huesca goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez, while the hosts took the lead through on-loan Wolves striker Rafa Mir and tried in vain to equalize in the closing stages. The Frenkie Finish pic.twitter.com/5lMTcKh89n- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 3, 2021Koeman said, ” I’m pleased with Frenkie’s goal because we want our midfielders to get into the penalty area of the opponent,”I’m happy with Frenkie’s goal because we want our midfielders to get into the opponent’s penalty area,” Koeman made four changes from Eibar’s hard-working 1-1 draw on Tuesday, including forcing Antoine Griezmann to sit on the bench, while Messi, Ousmane Dembele, and Martin Braithwaite began the attack. I trust every player in our team, but there is also space for three strikers if we want three central midfielders,” said Koeman, who brought Griezmann on with about ten minutes to go. 10 titles. 451 goals. 𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗦 Leo Messi is #LaLigaHistory. #HuescaBarça pic.twitter.com/jtXLiutDHz- LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) January 3, 2021 “We choose someone with Leo who goes back more, like Dembele, with Leo “Martin has done well. He is the number nine we need in games like this, but leaving Griezmann on the bench means nothing. We have a lot of games and we need every player.”(Dembele) is a player we need because Ansu Fati, who is also a striker who can play wide, is missing. He has the attacker behind him, he’s fantastic at one-on-one…. “It’s always important to have someone who goes in at the back to take advantage of the quality of Leo and the midfielders.”