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Ronald Koeman: Barcelona played with fear and lacked aggression against Juventus

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The coach was not happy with his team

FC Barcelona v Juventus: Group G - UEFA Champions League Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman blamed his team’s poor start for Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat to Juventus and said he his team played with fear and lacked aggression.

Barca were 2-0 down after just 20 minutes thanks to a contentious penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo and a fine volley from Weston McKennie.

The Catalan giants couldn’t find a way back into the match and conceded a second penalty after the break following a Clement Lenglet handball.

The result puts more pressure on Koeman as his team continues to struggle, and the Dutch coach offered his thoughts after the game.

“The defeat comes in the first 30 minutes. We started badly, with fear, lacking aggression. It seemed we’d gone into the game not to lose rather than to try and control the game. Juve pressed a lot, we didn’t have control, defensively we were not good. We improved in the second half a lot. We lost the game in the first half-hour.

“As a coach, I try to prepare the game, prepare the team, how they have to go out. Before the game, we spoke about being compact but to do that you have to win your individual battles. We left a lot of space between the lines... and you can also debate the (Juventus) penalties.”

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Barca now face a run of four La Liga games in just 10 days starting on Sunday at home to Levante. Real Sociedad and Valencia then follow at the Camp Nou before Barca take on Real Valladolid on December 22.