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Cadiz vs Barcelona | LaLiga: Koeman: In this country they send you off for nothing

Ronald Koeman was far from pleased with Frenkie de Jong‘s sending off as Barcelona drew 0-0 at Cadiz on Thursday evening.

The Dutchman, despite yet another disappointing result, was pleased with his players’ efforts as they had to play the majority of the second half a man down, which left him furious.

“They send you off for nothing in this country,” Koeman fumed. “Everyone saw there were two balls on the pitch except for the referee.

“That speaks for itself. I told the fourth official that there were two balls on the pitch, but they send you off for nothing here.”

Koeman recognised that his team need to win a game soon, but was coy when asked about his future.

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“You can’t just look at the result, but also the attitude and the execution,” Koeman said. “I can’t complain.

“We had four or five chances that we didn’t take, and it’s for that reason that I’m unhappy. I’m happy with the attitude.

“The president was at the hotel and we greeted each other. There are days coming in which we can talk, if the club want to talk.”

Barcelona have been written off by many as title contenders, but the Dutchman hasn’t given up just yet.

“You always have to try to win every game,” Koeman said. “You have to try to win titles, but you have to be realistic and we have a lot missing.”

Despite going down to 10 men in the second half Koeman was pleased that Barcelona performed better after the break.

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“We improved due to our opponents’ fatigue,” Koeman said. “We had chances but didn’t take them.

“Our opponents denied physically, and Frenkie’s sending off complicated it for us.”

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