Angry Barcelona fans swarm around Ronald Koeman’s car as he leaves the Nou Camp after El Clasico defeat but under-fire Dutchman insists he was NOT disappointed by his side’s performance
Ronald Koeman endured a difficult exit from the Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon as supporters swarmed around his car at the stadium exit.
The Dutch coach is blamed by most fans for the Barcelona’s poor start to the season and after losing his third straight Clasico he drove away from the ground only for his car to be confronted by a group of young supporters waiting to take pictures of players as they left the Camp Nou.
Most of the attention was harmless with many just taking selfies in front of Koeman but some banged on the bonnet of the manager’s car and there were some insults as he was finally able to pull away.
Ronald Koeman’s car was mobbed by Barcelona fans after his side’s 2-1 loss to Real Madrid
The Dutchman (right, in car) struggled to leave the Nou Camp after the El Clasico defeat
What was most striking that there was no organisation or effort to disperse the crowd by club officials so the 58 year-old manager could leave the ground safely.
Barcelona swiftly condemned the incident, adding it would implement ‘disciplinary measures’ to ensure the event remains a one-off.
‘FC Barcelona publicly condemns the violent and disdainful acts that our manager experienced when leaving the Camp Nou,’ the club said in a statement posted on its official Twitter account.
‘The Club will take security and disciplinary measures so that such unfortunate events do not happen again.’
The Barcelona manager admitted losing the Clasico always ‘meant more than three points’
The Dutchman, however, insisted his team had controlled the game in the first half
Koeman said he thought it was an exaggeration that his team could have lost by a greater margin.
He said: ‘We controlled the game in the first half. And we had a great chance to take the lead.
‘But in the second half they defended well and we were not able to create danger. I’m disappointed by the result but not by the performance.’
Real Madrid won the Clasico at Barcelona 2-1 thanks to a thunderbolt from David Alaba
Alaba scored his rocket to finish off a fantastic Real counter which he started in his own box
Carlo Ancelotti’s men out-thought and out-played Barcelona for large parts of the match
Asked about Ansu Fati hobbling odd in the second half Koeman said: ‘I don’t think it has anything to do with the knee injury he had. But 70 minutes were enough for him. He still worked really hard.
Admitting the defeat will hurt, he added: ‘losing a Clasico always means more than just three points.’
Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti cut a more satisfied figure after his side remained second in LaLiga, a point behind Real Sociedad, who drew 2-2 against Atletico Madrid on Sunday and have played a game more.
Memphis Depay cut a frustrated figure as Barcelona lost El Clasico 2-1 on Sunday
Carlo Ancelotti believes the win over Barcelona showed his side ‘can compete with everyone’
‘I think we can compete with everyone, the team is solid although we need to be a little more efficient up front,’ the Italian said in post-match press conference, as reported by Marca.
‘But we’ve played against a great team and we’ve suffered. We’re capable of suffering together.
‘[The game] was practical and intelligent. Very good in defence. We missed some passes but we were very effective on the break. This team has a lot of quality and we have to enjoy them.
‘This wasn’t an easy game, and winning makes us happy. I’m happy to win El Clasico because it’s the most important game. I don’t like getting into the other team but they’ve also played a good game.’