Barcelona president Joan Laporta spoke on Friday about the future of Ronald Koeman and possible replacement Xavi Hernández.
Suárez between goals
The issue of the bench at Camp Nou, of course, has continued to dominate the headlines throughout the last week.
This comes with the Blaugrana falling to another defeat totally related to defeat, in their final outing before the international break.
Just days after a 3-0 beating at the hands of Benfica in the Champions League, Ronald Koeman and company. made the trip to Wanda Metropolitano, for a La Liga showdown with champion Atlético de Madrid.
And when the final whistle sounded in the Spanish capital, Barça fell further into despair.
The latest in a series of abject and lifeless performances finally saw the visitors killed by two goals to nothing, to slide to a humble ninth place in the La Liga table.
Thomas Lemar opened the match scoring from the start, before a familiar face condemned Barça to a deserved second defeat in the space of three days:
Luis Suárez has his goal against his former team! 🔥
With that goal against Barcelona, Suárez has already scored the 31 LaLiga teams he has faced in his career 🙌 pic.twitter.com/RHsBkqOCyT
– Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) October 2, 2021
In turn, with Barcelona’s hopes of mounting a genuine La Liga title challenge that seems less and less realistic every week, and the European efforts of the Catalan giants having culminated in back-to-back 3-0 losses, it shouldn’t be a surprise to Hear that calls have begun to increase for Ronald Koeman to be dismissed with immediate effect.
The Blaugrana faithful have made no secret of their desire for the Dutchman to carry on, with club legend Xavi Hernández being the favorite to replace him on the Camp Nou bench.
And, as described above, on Friday Barça himself made a very remarkable statement about the club’s managerial seat.
However, the news is unlikely to go down too well with the club’s fan base.
Speaking to RAC1, President Joan Laporta confirmed that, going forward, the plan is for Koeman to remain in command in Catalonia.
The Barcelona coach added that he remains in constant contact not only with the aforementioned Xavi, but also with the Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola, although ‘because we are friends’:
The president of Barça, Laporta, to @ rac1: “Ronald Koeman continues and we are proud of that. He is our coach. Now you have to give it a margin of confidence. Xavi? We speak often, because we are friends, as I speak with Guardiola from time to time ”. 🔴 #FCB @ReshadRahman_
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 8, 2021
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