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Barcelona coach Koeman happy to overcome Rayo Vallecano; pleased with De Jong

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman admitted some relief after their Copa del Rey win against Rayo Vallecano.

Barca came from behind to win 2-1.

Koeman congratulated his players for coming from behind, saying "in general I am really happy. We let them off in the first half, there was a possible penalty... and in the second half we had the character to turn the game around with quality in the goals. You always have to suffer at the end, but in general the team was very good."

The winning goal was scored by Frenkie de Jong after Lionel Messi equalised. It was De Jong's fourth goal in 2021.

"Frenkie has a lot of quality to help to build the play but he also has had to give the team more in attack," Koeman added. "He helps us in the final third, getting to the area and at the moment he's scoring goals. He had to score more than once a season. He's more complete, despite still trying to help Busquets build. He gets forward, offers depth and is helping with goals."


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