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07:19 AM, October 29, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:26 AM, October 29, 2020

Koeman hails 'best performance of the season'

Ronald Koeman said Barcelona had put in "the best performance of the season" in their 2-0 win over Juvenuts in Turin. Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring with a 17th-minute effort deflected off Federico Chiesa, before Lionel Messi converted a penalty.

"We put in a great performance against a very strong team in Europe. We created many scoring opportunities, I am happy with the style of football and the character showed by my squad," the Dutchman said in his presser. "It was our best performance of the season, certainly the most complete. We controlled the midfield and Antoine Griezmann (who hit the post in the second minute) was a little unlucky, but he played well"

Koeman also addressed the surprise decision to leave in-form Fati on the bench in favour of fellow teenager Pedri.

"The most important thing is the work of the whole team. Pedri is particularly impressive for the character he showed in this situation, knowing his age. We had some difficulties in defence, but I knew that Frenkie de Jong could play back there. He already did it for Holland and gave a strong response today too. Winning here against a strong European side like Juve will certainly help us going forward."

Barcelona were in crisis after losing the Clasico, especially after President Josep Maria Bartomeu and the entire board of directors resigned on the eve of their game.

"I work as the coach of Barcelona and try to get the best results we can as a team. Today, the squad showed it was not affected by yesterday's news. President Bartomeu made this decision for the good of the club."

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