Ronald Koeman will be in the stands and not on the bench Camp Nou for it is considered as the final of this League. The match between Athletic Y FC Barcelona This Saturday will largely determine not only the options of both, but also those of the Real Madrid that can be the great beneficiary of a tie between both if they win.
The culé coach will not be on the bench because he was sent off against Granada for saying “what a character” to the referee. They fell two games of suspension when considering that it was contempt for the referee and, therefore, a serious fault. Koeman has referred to this situation with suspicions and insinuations of injury towards him and, therefore, towards Barça.
“I think it was something personal, because saying what a character in Spanish or ‘what a person’ in English is not insulting. It is not a reason to sanction. So yeah there’s something else“, he said at the press conference prior to the match with Atlético. For that clash he will be whistling Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, one of the most charismatic referees but also the most personalistic in their decisions.
“Better not talk about the referees because, in general, the RFEF puts one of the best referees for these games. Hopefully he gets his decisions right, but you don’t have to think about the referees. You have to think about yourself, plan, and I hope the VAR decisions are fair for us and for Atlético “, the coach wished.
The rojiblanco team faces the game as leader of the classification with 76 points, two more than the Catalans. A mattress victory would leave a very wide mattress, but a Blaugrana would tighten the classification even more with three days left.