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Madrid, May 1 : FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman on Saturday repeated his conviction that the club could still win this season’s La Liga title despite dropping three vital points at home to Granada on Thursday night.
Barca’s 2-1 defeat stopped them going to the top of the table ahead of Sunday’s visit to Valencia. Speaking to the press ahead of that game, Koeman, who had a short and difficult spell at the club, admitted Thursday was “a big opportunity that we have wasted.”
“However, there is no time for us to be sad, because we are fighting against three other teams. We are prepared for tomorrow’s game and I am convinced that if we win our last five games, we will be champions,” he added.
Koeman was sent off for comments to the fourth official on Thursday and in theory will have to watch Sunday’s game and next Saturday’s vital home match against Atletico Madrid from the stands, although he said that the club would appeal the two game ban he was given on Friday.
He also made an appeal for Barca’s most experienced players to play their part.
“They have to help, they have been in this kind of pressure situation before,” he explained.
The coach wasn’t asked about the stories that star striker Leo Messi and the rest of the Argentinean national team will receive the Chinese ‘Sinovac’ vaccine ahead of the Copa America this summer.
Messi has not made any comment on the issue either, but on Saturday he did make a post on ‘Instagram’ as part of the #Stoponlineabuse campaign which aims to halt the use of online platforms and social media for the posting of abusing messages.
“We are raising out voice to stop abuse on social networks. It doesn’t matter if we are anonymous, famous, sportspeople, referees or followers of a sport, or something who is separate from all of this. Race religion, ideology or sex doesn’t matter… Nobody deserves to be mistreated or insulted,” posted the striker as part of his message.