Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona head coach, summed up the results of the 19th round match La league with Hispaniol (2: 2).
“De Jong’s removal harmed us. We had three points to finish the game, and in the end they equalized. We more or less controlled the match and, having recouped, were in order, we wanted to score more. They needed to go forward, we would have more space … Everything turned out in our favor, so this (removal – approx. Sports.ru) knocked us a little out of the rut, in the end the opponent went to push and managed to score.
This is football. Removal cost us [результата]This is the case with everyone. It was not easy, the opponent acted closed and was very motivated, but during the match he opened more.
We are upset because we wanted to get three points and were in the lead. When you compare at the end, you earn one point, and when you miss an advantage, you lose two. We tried to win, we spent a lot of energy to break into their defense, and little by little we achieved this, but then we remained ten of them and they equalized, ”said Valverde.