Ronald Koeman has hailed his side after winning the match against Real Sociedad.
Barcelona won 2-1 over Real Sociedad, even though Real Sociedad started the match by leading by a point. However, the Blaugrana caught up quickly with Jordi Alba scoring the first goal, followed by Frenkie de Jong before halftime.
“The first half was fantastic, we should have scored more goals. We were intense, we put them under a lot of pressure and we ran ourselves into the ground,” Koeman told a news conference.
“Real Sociedad are excellent on the ball but we kept robbing it off them, we pressed them so well. It was an open game because our opponents know how to play very well but the game belonged to us and it was a deserved triumph.”
“This is the team I want to see. Every player played out of their skin. The biggest difference was our play without the ball today, and Messi worked very hard in that respect, pressing a lot, and so did everyone else,” he said.
“That was the attitude we have to have when we don’t have the ball.”
Even Real Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil was impressed with his rival’s performance.
“We saw the best Barca we have seen for a very long time, especially defensively,” he said.
“That speaks very highly of them and the respect they had for this game. We hadn’t seen a Barca this aggressive for so long. Even Messi was diving to the floor to win tackles.”