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Koeman says Copa del Rey win is a ‘fantastic feeling’

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A first trophy as Barcelona manager

Athletic de Bilbao v FC Barcelona - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman was a happy man after seeing his team run out 4-0 winners against Athletic on Saturday to deliver the Copa del Rey trophy.

It’s a first title for the Dutchman since taking over from Quique Setien and he said after the match he felt it was a deserved reward for his players.

“It’s a fantastic feeling. Getting to the final was difficult, with those extra time games...” he said.

“We’re very happy and we deserved to win at least one trophy this season. The club deserves it. It’s a really important trophy for the club in a year of change. The team always had faith in winning something.

“It’s a happy day for all Barcelona fans. It’s a deserved success.”

Koeman also praised his team’s attitude this season and refusal to give in, particularly in the Copa del Rey, and said his players will now do all they can to try and win the league title too.

“We’ve made changes to the team this season, but the players have bought into it. I want to credit the team’s attitude, especially in the Copa, where we’ve suffered a lot.

“We were hungry. Now we have one trophy in the bag and we’re going to go for a second. We will fight for LaLiga until the last day.”

Source | Marca

Barca have work to do if they are to pip Atletico and Real Madrid to the title in the final eight games of the season. The Catalan giants sit two points off the top but should be full of confidence after a great win over Athletic.