Cadiz boss Alvaro Cervera took a bit of a swipe at his opposite number Ronald Koeman after overseeing a shock 2-1 win over Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday.
The visitors suffered their fourth La Liga defeat of the season at the Estadio Ramón de Carranza after conceding two poor goals.
Cervera has since spoken about his team’s victory and admitted he was happy to see Philippe Coutinho in the starting XI rather than Ousmane Dembele.
“We had the luck that Dembele didn’t start and Koeman didn’t use pure wingers,” he said.
“It wasn’t a relief but for me, my way of seeing things, I liked Dembele more. He’s one of the few who can get you to that touchline. Coutinho is not so much of an individual and you can defend him as a team.”
Coutinho was replaced by the Frenchman at half-time after an ineffective showing. Koeman also made further changes in the second half which Cervera felt played into his team’s hands.
“I’m surprised he took off Dest. He’s a very fast player who can go deep. And when he put on Trincao we knew that they were going to be playing even more centrally. And on top of that we saw an opportunity because we knew Trincao would not going to defend well on that side and put on someone fast who could do them damage. It helped us because when Barcelona get to the touchline they are very dangerous.”
Source | El Larguero
The win means newly-promoted Cadiz have now beaten both Real Madrid and Barcelona on their return to La Liga. Cervera’s men are now in fifth place in the table, just two points behind Real Madrid although they have played a game extra.