Koeman lauds Depay ´character´ however new man dissatisfied solely to rescue level

Ronald Koeman had no complaints as Barcelona may solely draw at Athletic Bilbao, hailing his battling facet and Memphis Depay particularly.

Depay scored his first Blaugrana objective quarter-hour from time at San Mames to cancel out Inigo Martinez’s opener and safe a degree.

The Netherlands worldwide grew to become the primary Barca participant to have a objective involvement in every of his opening two LaLiga appearances (one objective, one help) since each Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez in 2011-12.

But Depay may have added to his tally as he squandered the very best of his three probabilities – valued at 0.24 anticipated targets – 4 minutes from time.

“I may have scored two targets,” he informed Barca TV. “In the long run, I did it with the left.

“I’m more than happy to have scored, for having scored my first objective, however dissatisfied to not have scored the second probability I had.”

Koeman was happy with Depay, nevertheless, including: “He has scored an ideal objective and had an opportunity for an additional. We should spotlight the angle of the group after the 1-0 in opposition to.

“[Depay] has effectiveness, velocity, power. He’s an ideal participant, that’s why we’ve signed him. It’s important to have character, right here the demand is best and he takes it effectively.”

Certainly, regardless of Depay’s late probability, Koeman instructed Barca would have been lucky to win.

They’d 67.3 per cent of the possession however simply 9 makes an attempt to Athletic’s 16.

“We initially lacked calm and the flexibility to seek out the free man,” Koeman stated. “We made errors and couldn’t get out.

“Little by little we entered the sport, we reacted effectively after the 1-0 and in the long run we had been higher. We may even win, however perhaps it will have been an excessive amount of.”

Barca had some points on the again, with Eric Garcia despatched off late on after Gerard Pique had departed with harm.

In a worrying pattern, that is the sixth time in Pique’s previous 13 LaLiga begins he has did not see out the total match, as many substitutions as in his earlier 111 outings.

However Koeman stated Pique’s downside was “not severe and I hope he shall be obtainable for subsequent week”.

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