Copa del Rey: Koeman defends Umtiti after errors in Barcelona’s defeat against Sevilla

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Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, has defended Samuel Umtiti after the defender saw two individual errors punished with goals in their 2-0 defeat against in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg on Wednesday night.

Seville defender, Jules Kounde, easily dribbled past Umtiti for his side’s first goal before the France international was slow to keep up with his defensive line and played Ivan Rakitic onside for the second.

However, speaking at his post-match press conference after the game, Koeman refused to single out Umtiti for criticism, adding that the centre-back was good during the encounter.

“We left a lot of space in the first goal, not just in defence, but from the midfield,” Koeman said.

“And in the second goal, we’ve not done a good job creating the offside. Umtiti was good in the game. He made mistakes as everyone else does.

“It is part of football. It is not fair to go after him. We all lose, and we all win together.”

Barcelona will now hope to overturn the two-goal deficit in the second leg at the Nou Camp on March 3.

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