Koeman’s controversial ‘future’ comments haunt him as Barcelona boss faces sack

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is under real pressure at Camp Nou after another disappointing draw against Cadiz in La Liga left his side languishing in seventh place

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Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman’s controversial comments surrounding the future of the club have backfired on the Dutchman after the Catalan giants once again dropped points.

The pressure is mounting on Koeman after another disappointing result in La Liga, which saw his side fail to breakdown Cadiz on Thursday, with the game subsequently ending goalless. To make matters worse, Koeman was sent off in the latter minutes of the match after complaining to an official.

The result leaves Barcelona in seventh place and already seven points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Fears are growing over the Dutchman’s future at the club, yet Koeman recently insisted in an interview with media outlet NOS that Barcelona has a future thanks to his doing.

“I am open to staying,” Koeman told NOS. “Thanks to me, this club has a future.”

Ronald Koeman saw red late on as 10-man Barcelona stuttered to a goalless draw away to Cadiz

Koeman also didn’t hold back when discussing his relationship with Barcelona president Joan Laporta.

“My relationship with Laporta has improved but last week something happened that was… was not good,” said Koeman.

“He was suggesting that the coach didn’t have all the power, he spoke too much.”

The Dutch boss also referenced the uncertainty the club faced when Laporta was considering whether he was still the right man to take Barcelona forward.

“I think you should always create clarity,” Koeman said. “When you, as a club, don’t have the coach’s future set in stone, then there’s speculation. And if it’s you who is the coach, things aren’t nice.”

The disappointment at Cadiz is the latest setback for Koeman’s side after they rescued a point in stoppage time against Granada at the Camp Nou on Monday.

It looked as if Granada were going to pick up a famous win at Barcelona’s prestigious home, before Uruguayan defender Ronald Araujo rose highest to head home the equaliser at the last.

And they haven’t fared no better in the Champions League, with Koeman’s side losing 3-0 at home against Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern Munich in the group stage opener.

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Ronald Koeman is under real pressure at Barcelona


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The German giants eased past Barcelona thanks to goals from Thomas Muller and a double from the prolific Robert Lewandowski.

The Barcelona boss refused to any questions in his press conference in the build-up to the game against Cadiz and instead read a short, pre-prepared statement which called for patience from fans, before exiting.

“The club is with me in this period of reconstruction,” Koeman’s read in the virtual conference.

“We have to reconstruct the team as a squad without making big investments and this takes time.

Koeman’s side are currently seventh in La Liga and seven points behind Real Madrid

“The young talents we have can become world stars in a couple of years. The young players will have opportunities, just as Xavi and [Andrés] Iniesta had in their day, but we ask for patience.

“Finishing high in the table would be a success on its own and in the Champions League we cannot expect miracles. The defeat against Bayern should be taken with perspective. The team should be supported, with words and with actions.”

Barcelona will welcome Levante to Camp Nou in La Liga on Sunday, before travelling to Lisbon to face Benfica in the Champions League three days later.

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