Ronald Koeman believes Barcelona demonstrated they are on the right track by overcoming an early setback to win 3-2 at Athletic Bilbao.
Inaki Williams raced clear to put the hosts, who had Marcelino in charge for the first time, in front inside three minutes of Wednesday’s LaLiga clash.
However, Barca responded impressively, goals from Pedri and Lionel Messi putting them in front by the break before the latter increased their lead just after the hour mark.
Koeman had to endure a nervy finish after Iker Muniain’s 90th-minute finish, but promised his squad will “fight until the last match” in LaLiga after moving up to third in the table.
“The final result is a bit short because we have been superior in many phases,” Koeman said, having now recorded three away wins on the spin in LaLiga for the first time in his reign.
“They made it 1-0 and we did not have the defensive coordination, but then we controlled [the game].
“I am happy with the result and with how we have achieved it. We have deserved it. Winning because of our game and our opportunities.
“The teamwork has been phenomenal. We will fight until the last match. There is distance [to go], but we are on the right track.”
1 – Aged 18 years and 42 days, @FCBarcelona‘s Pedri González
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