MADRID – Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman thanked club president Joan Laporta for the public confidence, but it was another difficult day for the Catalan club as they lost 2-0 to Atletico Madrid.
Laporta said on Saturday, before their defeat to Atletico, that he had spoken to Koeman and that the Dutchman deserved time to change the club’s fate after a stuttering start to the season.
“It is important and well done on his part, because if everything is not clear in this sense, it is difficult to work and have the rest you need to make the changes that we are trying to implement,” said Koeman.
“We know what it’s like to move forward from today … We spoke on the phone last night and again this morning.”
Despite Laporta’s support, Koeman acknowledged that things had to change as Barca had only won one of their last six games in all competitions.
They are bottom of their Champions League group with two defeats from two games and are ninth in LaLiga, five points behind table toppers Real Madrid.
“There is a solution (for what is happening), but it cannot be done overnight. We have to work hard, give time to the youngsters and get our injured attackers back.
“In the end it’s a results game and after the international match we have three home games that you have to win.”
The Catalans host Valencia and Real Madrid in LaLiga after the upcoming break, with Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League sandwiched between those two games.
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