Barcelona’s Francisco Trincao still on cloud nine after scoring his back-breaking goal against Real Betis and with a promise to do more for the club.
Lionel Messi came off the bench to haul Barcelona back from a goal down against Real Betis to win 3-2 but it was winger Trincao who snatched victory by choosing the perfect moment to score his first goal for the club.
“I didn’t need to score for my own good but you have to help out when you can and I’m very happy that we managed to get the win,” Trincao told reporters.
“My teammates have always encouraged me and they all congratulated me on the goal.”
Barca, who have won their last six league games, are second in the standings on 43 points, seven behind leaders Atletico Madrid who have two games in hand.
The Catalans also pulled off an impressive comeback win against Granada in a Copa del Rey quarter-final tie on Wednesday, clawing their way back from two goals down to win 5-3 in extra-time.
Barca defender Ronald Araujo was forced off in the 12th minute with an ankle problem and Koeman took another unorthodox move by sending on De Jong, who has recently reinvented himself as an attacking midfielder, to deputise at centreback.
The Catalans produced another chaotic display in defence but compensated thanks to their star-studded attack, particularly after Messi and Trincao came on in a double change from Koeman.
“We changed our attitude in the second half and that was the most important factor in getting the victory,” added Trincao.
“In the first half we were a little fearful and we didn’t take many risks.”