Koeman: Barça were focused from the start and good without the ball

The Dutch coach was happy as his side made it nine games without defeat in La Liga

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was satisfied with his side's 2-0 win against Elche and above all with their focus throughout the match, although he admitted one serious error could have cost them a goal. "Luckily we have (goalkeeper Marc-Andre) ter Stegen," he said. 

"I saw a Barça side switched on from the very first moment and with a lot of possession of the ball," the Dutch coach added. "The key to the game was the work we did without the ball." 

Koeman appreciated the capacity of his team to win the ball back in midfield, although he lamented a failure to take advantage of that. 

He appears to have settled on a midfield trio of Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Pedri, which he says is helping the team be more consistent, although Busquets will miss the next game. 

"It's true, we know he has five yellow cards now (and will be suspended against Athletic Club in the league) but first we have the Copa del Rey game against Rayo Vallecano." 

However, despite being generally satisfied, Koeman said that "there were 10 or 15 minutes when we dropped the intensity and there was a big mistake in defence, at least we have a great goalkeeper," in reference to Ter Stegen. But he also praised the performances of the defenders. 

After De Jong opened the scoring, Riqui Puig wrapped up the win in the last minute. Koeman said the young midfielder "came on and did well, getting forward. He's not very tall but he jumped really high to score the decisive goal." 

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