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Koeman says Barcelona should have beaten Dynamo Kiev 4-0

The coach wants his team to be more clinical

FC Barcelona v Dinamo Kiev - UEFA Champions League Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman wasn’t too happy with his Barcelona side after seeing his team labor to a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.

A single goal from Gerard Pique was enough for victory as Barca picked up their first European points of the season at the third attempt.

Barca did have more chances with Luuk de Jong guilty of missing some good opportunities before being replaced and Koeman felt his team should have been more clinical.

“This keeps us alive in the Champions League and anything is still possible thanks to this win, but we needed to finish the game off better than we’ve managed to,” he said.

“A game like this should have finished three or four-nil. When you have strikers who don’t possess the real quality, you can’t demand great finishing from them. But we do have top strikers and it’s their job to finish off matches like this one.”

Koeman sent on Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho at half-time but neither player could find the back of the net and the 18-year-old frustrated his manager by trying an overhead kick when he might have teed up a teammate instead.

“Ansu has been out for so very long that it’s normal he needs time to re-enforce his game again. He’s not 19 till next month. It’s all very natural. I thought that in his big moment today he might have done something differently, not try for the overhead. But it’s not right to expect miracles from a guy who’s just about to turn 19 – that’s impossible.

“This is a club where we have to win, to play well, to score goals. But there are things to improve here. The task was to win against Dynamo. Dynamo created absolutely nothing, no danger. We improved in some work without the ball, compared to other games. But we were not at our maximum, or we’d have won by at least three.”

Source | UEFA

Barca now head into El Clasico after important wins over Valencia and Dynamo Kiev but will surely have to improve if they are to beat Real Madrid on Sunday and leapfrog Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the table.