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Koeman full of praise for ‘fantastic’ Barcelona after Real Sociedad win

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‘This is the team I want to see’

FC Barcelona v Levante UD - La Liga Santander Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman lavished praise on his Barcelona side after overseeing a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad in La Liga.

The Dutch coach spoke about his team’s attitude and desire after the match following a win that moves the team into fifth place in the league table.

“This is the team I want to see. Every player played out of their skin. The biggest difference was our play without the ball today, and Messi worked very hard in that respect, pressing a lot, and so did everyone else,” he said.

“That was the attitude we have to have when we don’t have the ball. The first half was fantastic, we should have scored more goals. We were intense, we put them under a lot of pressure and we ran ourselves into the ground.

“Real Sociedad are excellent on the ball but we kept robbing it off them, we pressed them so well. It was an open game because our opponents know how to play very well but the game belonged to us and it was a deserved triumph.”

Barca’s win is enough to knock Real Sociedad off the top of the table and close the gap to Imanol Alguacil’s side to six points with two games in hand. Koeman’s men now go on to face Valencia at home and Real Valladolid away before Christmas.