Barcelona routed Real Sociedad 6-1 last night and Koeman was a delighted man.
“Without a doubt, it’s the best present they could have given me,” said Koeman. “I’m also happy for Griezmann and [Jordi] Alba, who’ve had their birthdays, and who played a great game.
“Scoring six goals at Real Sociedad is incredible. They tried to press us but, when they saw they couldn’t, they took a step back.
“The first goal made us very calm and the second was almost decisive. We gave a really good impression of ourselves. We pressed really well without the ball and we were very effective.
“There’s a long way to go. It won’t be decided yet. Atletico are strong, but you saw against Alaves that it’s not easy to win a game. Real Madrid are also in the fight; we can’t forget them.
“We leave with a great result and a demonstration that we’re going to go for everything. It’s important that it’s not just Messi scoring the goals because that makes it more difficult to defend against us.”
“I can’t say we’re not going to lose any game from here until the rest of the season, but it’s clear that we’re on a good path. We’re very strong mentally and physically,” he said.
“We’ve had many difficulties since the start of the season. We’ve changed things; any team needs time to learn. We’ve had some ups and downs in LaLiga, with defensive mistakes and a lack of effectiveness. But it’s obvious the team has moved on.”