Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman shocked journalists at a information convention on Wednesday by studying a ready assertion that known as for persistence and virtually dismissed the group’s possibilities of reaching any vital outcomes this season.
Barcelona has made a sluggish begin to the marketing campaign following Lionel Messi’s departure with solely two wins from its opening 4 league video games and a 3-0 residence loss to Bayern Munich in its Champions League opener.
There has been loads of hypothesis relating to Koeman’s future, however the Dutchman stated he’s backed by the membership and requested for the assist of followers in “these difficult times.”
“To finish in a high position in the Spanish league would be a great success,” stated Koeman, who left with out taking any questions from reporters. “European soccer is a good school for (our youngsters) and we can’t expect any miracles in the Champions League.”
He stated the loss to Bayern final week needs to be checked out “from that perspective.”
That demoralizing defeat was adopted by a disappointing 1-1 residence draw within the Spanish league in opposition to Granada, additionally on the Camp Nou Stadium. The Catalan membership wanted a Ninetieth-minute equalizer to keep away from defeat and was jeered by lots of its followers after the ultimate whistle.
Koeman, beneath strain for the group’s lackluster outcomes and performances, stated he has the assist from the membership, however didn’t point out president Joan Laporta.
Laporta and Koeman have been at odds just lately and the president would not conceal the truth that Koeman wouldn’t have been his selection as coach. Koeman was employed by former membership president Josep Bartomeu after the group’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern final 12 months within the Champions League. Laporta has stated a training change now could be financially pricey for the membership.
“The club is with me in this situation of rebuilding,” Koeman stated. “The financial situation of the club is connected to the sporting results and vice-versa. This means we have to rebuild the soccer team without being able to make any significant financial investments. This takes time.”
Barcelona’s monetary struggles prevented the membership from giving Messi a brand new contract and the Argentina playmaker left to hitch Paris Saint-Germain.
Koeman stated the method the group is present process proper now “deserves unconditional support in words and in actions.”
“This is not the first time in the history of FC Barcelona that this happens,” he stated.
Koeman’s feedback got here a day earlier than the group visits Cádiz within the Spanish league. The Catalan membership sits in eight place within the standings with eight factors, 5 behind chief Real Madrid with a sport in hand.