Koeman Blames One Man, Praise Two After Real Madrid Defeat

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman was furious after his side’s 2-1 La Liga defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium.

The Catalan giants endured a torrid first half-hour, with goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos putting the visitors ahead.

Barcelona were able to respond through Oscar Mingueza but it wasn’t enough as Los Blancos took all three crucial points.

Later on, Martin Braithwaite went down in the box after being grabbed by Ferland Mendy – but referee Gil Manzano declined the chance to point to the spot.

And Koeman was furious about that incident in the aftermath, telling Movistar: “You're not happy with some of the referee's decisions.

“I only ask that referees get decisions right. It's a penalty and then, after that, to only add four minutes of stoppage time when the referee had spent three minutes [fixing a communication] issue with the VAR… But the penalty is crystal clear. There is a referee, a linesman, VAR.”

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In his press conference after the match, however, Koeman did pick out two Barcelona players for praise, believing Lionel Messi and Pedri got themselves into good positions.

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