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Ronald Koeman offers his verdict on Barcelona’s defeat to Atletico

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Barcelona coach Koeman
Ronald Koeman has assumed responsibility for Barcelona’s defeat against Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona coach Koeman on Atletico Madrid defeat: I am responsible

“It is worrying, ” he told Movistar. “For a big team, conceding a goal like this … it can’t be, because it’s the 47th minute, we had the ball and then they score, 1-0.

“We controlled and we knew that it was difficult to create many chances. We had a pair and with the score 0-0, the game would have been totally different [if they had taken either chance].

Barcelona lost 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid on Saturday night, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen making a rare mistake which allowed Yannick Carrasco to score.

Barcelona have picked up just 11 points from a possible 24, which Koeman accepts is not good enough.

“Like any coach I am responsible, ” he recognised. “We know that we have to improve the results and we have to trust the players I have.

“We must improve in attack and defence. We know that we need to go on a run of winning matches.”