Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed that Ronald Koeman’s future at the club is secure regardless of the team’s result against Atletico Madrid in La Liga this weekend.
Joan Laporta has indicated that Ronald Koeman will be given a margin of confidence and appreciates how the Dutchman has decided to lead Barcelona despite the difficulties the club is facing off the pitch. laporta said:
Koeman stays. He remains the coach regardless of tonight’s result. He deserves a certain amount of trust, he is a Barcelona legend. I appreciate how he has accepted to coach the club in these difficult times.”
Barcelona are currently in serious financial trouble, which has forced them to sell Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to balance the books. In this crisis phase at the club, Ronald Koeman is tasked with rebuilding the squad by recruiting only free agents and deploying youth players.
Ronald Koeman’s future in Barcelona was in grave doubt after the Catalan giants lost their second consecutive Champions League match 3-0 to Benfica. However, club president Joan Laporta has so far decided to show some confidence in the Dutchman.
Several names have been linked as possible replacements for Ronald Koeman in the Barcelona dugout, including club legend Xavi Hernandez and current Belgian manager Roberto Martinez.
Barcelona has started the season with difficulty under Ronald Koeman
The Barcelona hierarchy has good reason to sack Ronald Koeman for a poor start to the new season.
The Catalan giants are currently sixth in La Liga, with 12 points from their first six games. Their biggest concerns, however, lie with the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona were completely beaten by Bayern Munich on opening night before losing to Benfica in their most recent game. Ronald Koeman’s team is currently bottom of the Champions League group and is already six points behind Bayern Munich.
Barcelona will need to score positive results in their next two games against Dynamo Kyiv to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds.
Barcelona is struggling in La Liga. After clashing with Atletico Madrid, the Catalan giants will face Valencia before taking on Real Madrid on October 24. A poor run of results in October could lead to Ronald Koeman finally being fired.
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