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12:00 AM, October 03, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:31 AM, October 03, 2020

Koeman thrilled by spirit

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman praised his side's fighting spirit and discipline after they eased to a 3-0 win at Celta Vigo on Thursday despite playing the entire second half with 10 men.

Barca defender Clement Lenglet was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 41st minute when Barca were 1-0 up thanks to an early strike from Ansu Fati.

But the Catalans played even better with 10 men and deservedly extended their lead through an own goal from Lucas Olaza, forced by a superb run by Lionel Messi, and a goal in added time from Sergi Roberto.

"I'm so proud of the team for how they played tonight. We worked very well and played with a lot of discipline with one player less," Koeman said after a second win to start the campaign. "We are doing very well and results like this invite us to think we are on the right path."

Barca were often over-powered by teams last season, none more so than in their 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, but they looked far stronger and fitter against Celta.

"It's not my business to talk about last season, I only care about this one but from day one I've seen these players show that they are hungry and motivated about redeeming themselves." 

 

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