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Key players support Ronald Koeman after Barcelona’s loss to Benfica

Key Barcelona players support Ronald Koeman after historic Champions League defeat

Barcelona collapses before a hard defeat in the Champions League against Benfica

Spanish giant Barcelona crashed and burned on a Champions League night in Lisbon when it was beaten 3-0 by Portuguese giant SL Benfica at Estádio da Luz tonight, casting new speculation about how long manager Ronald has. Koeman on the Camp Nou touch line.

Rafa Silva’s goal in the second half was intercalated by a double from Uruguayan hit man Darwin Núñez on both sides of halftime. the Eagles They moved up to second place in Group E behind Bayern Munich who put Dynamo Kyiv a painful 5-0 at the Allianz Arena.

With that result, Barça has collapsed to two defeats to kick off its Champions League campaign and is looking far from the outside towards the continent, as it sits in last place in the group and fails to score a single goal. in the process after losing to Bayern. on the first day of the match by the same score.

Key players back Koeman after back-to-back European losses

With #KoemanOut Starting to appear on Twitter tonight, it is unknown what the cap will be as to how long Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman will have enough support to keep his coaching job.

As the Blaugrana They have their backs against the wall in Europe in addition to a domestic campaign that already sees them 5 points behind Real Madrid (although they have a game in hand, although they have not lost yet; 3-3-0) It was only a matter of time before the Barcelona players had to express their open support for Koeman.

His compatriot and Dutch international midfielder Frenkie de Jong jumped to the defense of the former Barcelona fan favorite, while career servant and club captain Sergio Busquets expressed sentiments similar to those of his midfield partner.

With rumors that Koeman was about to be fired, as well as Barcelona fans calling for his immediate dismissal just nine days ago, an immediate improvement in results is paramount.

Key Barcelona players support Ronald Koeman after historic Champions League defeat

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 16: Coach Ronald Koeman of FC Barcelona looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on February 16, 2021 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. Spain’s sports stadiums remain under strict restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, as government social distancing laws prohibit fans within venues, causing matches to be played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Caparros – UEFA / UEFA via Getty Images)

As it stands, Barcelona have now won just one point in their last five Champions League games with Koeman, while conceding 14 goals and scoring just two of their own.

An early exit from Europe’s premier club competition is a real possibility, and with the possibility of once again missing a La Liga title under his tenure, the situation is sure to reach desperate levels without a drastic course correction.

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