Barcelona’s devastating 4-1 home destruction by Paris St Germain in their Champions League last-16 first leg at Camp Nou on Tuesday underlined the size of the reconstruct the club needs to return to their previous greatness days, Coach Ronald Koeman said.
Barca were back in the knockout phase of Europe’s world class club rivalry interestingly since a 8-2 pounding on account of Bayern Munich in last season’s quarter-finals and began well with Lionel Messi’s opener from the punishment spot.
Be that as it may, PSG, who were feeling the loss of the harmed Neymar and Angel di Maria, before long discovered their notch and blitzed the Catalans on account of a Kylian Mbappe cap stunt and a header from Moise Kean.
”That was a cold bath of reality,” said Koeman.
‘The game showed us we’re lacking a lot of things to be a top level team especially of the level you need in the Champions League,” he told reporters.
‘The scoreline reflects how superior they were. They were far more effective than us.”
‘The first half was more even and when we were 1-0 up we had the chance for Ousmane (Dembele) but in the second half we had a lot of problems in defence and they proved they were much stronger than us physically,” added the Dutchman.
Ronald Koeman is a Dutch professional football manager and former player, who is the current head coach of La Liga club FC Barcelona. He is the younger brother of his former international teammate Erwin Koeman and the son of former Dutch international Martin Koeman