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Koeman: “To win a title is important for me”

Barcelona scored four goals in 12 minutes – including a brilliant strike from Lionel Messi – to thrash Athletic Bilbao and win the Copa del Rey.

Koeman: "To win a title is important for me"

Barca were frustrated until the 60th minute when Antoine Griezmann turned in Frenkie de Jong’s cross before De Jong headed in himself three minutes later.

Messi then drove from his own half, exchanged twice with De Jong and found the bottom corner for Barca’s third.

Messi added his second four minutes later, sweeping in Jordi Alba’s cross. Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona HIGHLIGHTS [0-4]

Victory gives Barca their first trophy under manager Ronald Koeman and their first silverware since 2019.

“To win a title is important for me,” said Koeman, whose side are third in La Liga – two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

“Despite the changes at the club and the young players, at Barca you have to always fight for trophies.

“We have the first one and now we are going to fight to the last game in La Liga.”

For Athletic is was a second Copa del Rey final defeat in two weeks after they lost to Real Sociedad in the delayed 2020 final on 3 April. Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad HIGHLIGHTS [0-1]

It boosts Koeman’s chances of remaining into the second year of his contract, whether or not his side succeeds in their title race with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Will Koeman continue to see more trophies at Barca?

source: BBC

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