Already a Cup champion and aspiring to the League with full rights after the ups and downs at the beginning of the season, Barcelona faces the final stretch -seven games- with the factor in favor that it depends on itself. He has one game and five points less than Atlético, the rival he awaits at the Camp Nou later on. “It’s an advantage, yes,” admitted Ronald Koeman; “But Atlético, Madrid and Sevilla are winning a lot of games and I don’t see one team stronger than another. So if you don’t win a game, you’re going to have a lot less chance of winning the league ”. And that, precisely, is what he does not want to hear about now that Villarreal is measured (Sunday, at 4.15 pm; Movistar LaLiga). “A team that plays football very well, with top quality people. He is proving to be strong in Europe too, ”said the Barça coach.
But Koeman has reason to smile, who has gone from being a technician in question to another with all the possible authority for his good work with the costumes, with the results and even with the game. Symphony that seems to convince the sports area and also the board. “The president has always shown me his support and trust from day one. Until I say otherwise… In principle I see myself as a coach for next season ”, the Dutchman resolved, referring to the winner of the elections, Joan Laporta; “Also, I have a contract and if not, then we have to talk.”
It remains to be seen the sprint end of Barça and how the battle with Villarreal ends. “I do not think it is the most complicated displacement that we have left. Much depends on ourselves. If we are focused, with the good energy that we are showing, we can. All the teams are very difficult and they all play for something, not to go down, UEFA… ”. Barça, for winning the League; and Koeman, for staying at the Camp Nou.