Ronald Koeman couldn’t hide his anger. Although FC Barcelona managed to get into the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, the Dutch coach expressed his annoyance at the penalties that Miralem Pjanic and Ousmane Dembélé missed against Cornellà.
“I don’t understand either because, normally, we have enough players who can score penalties. I do not know what’s happening. It may be scary, but I don’t know. I really don’t know, because we have had several players who have shot and we have failed too much lately, and above all to calm the game, right? Because, if you score 1 of the 2 penalties, I think the game is very different from what we have seen for 120 minutes. You cannot miss 2 penalties being FC Barcelona players, this is not serious ”.
It is hard for him to understand why they are failing so much from the penalty spot. And more in a time when there is not even the pressure of the fans: “There is not so much pressure to score a penalty, because there is no atmosphere, there is no pressure from the crowd. So, these are moments when you have to keep a cool head and score. And it is always possible for someone to fail, it is part of our job. But in a game like today, I don’t think you can accept missing 2 penalties. Because once again, for that reason and for not scoring before, we have made a physical-wear and tear that is not normal in this type of game.
Lionel Messi is the only one who has shown that he can handle maximum penalties: “Surely it can be a moment when there is a fear more than what a player normally has to have. Because apart from Leo, who I have seen, we do not have a shooter who is showing to score many penalties. It means that you have to train more, you have to talk. And above all try to improve this aspect ”.
Undefeated data. Without counting the round of the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup (Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann failed there), FC Barcelona has missed 5 of the 12 penalties it has taken this season.
Did you know…? Lionel Messi (1), Ousmane Dembélé (1), Martin Braithwaite (1), Antoine Griezmann (1) and Miralem Pjanic (1) are the players who have missed penalties – regular time – for FC Barcelona this season. Of course, the captain has scored 5 of the 6 he has kicked.