Koeman suffers another defeat
Barcelona without Messi are in serious trouble. Having been smashed 3-0 by Bayern Munich in Champions League gameweek one, they slumped to a shock 3-0 defeat to Portuguese outfit Benfica in their second game of the group.
2 – Barcelona have lost their first two matches in a UEFA European campaign for only the second time in their entire history, after their two defeats in UEFA Cup first round tie with FC Porto in 1972-73 and suffering elimination. Difficulty. pic.twitter.com/gFFZhmu8gI
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 29, 2021
A brace from Darwin Nunez was enough to down the Blaugrana, condemning them to another defeat, and a place at the foot of the Champions League group.
With a game against Atletico Madrid upcoming this weekend, there was speculation that Barcelona would be looking for a new coach were they to lose.
Barcelona are looking for new manager and the current plan is to change – it could take some days. Process started with the whole board involved. Talking with many different candidates to replace Ronald Koeman. 🔴 #FCB #Barça
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 30, 2021
Laporta provides vote of confidence
However, Barcelona club president Joan Laporta has refuted these suggestions in an interview given this morning. Speaking ahead of their trip to the Wanda Metropolitano, Laporta said:
“Koeman will stay as coach of the team independently of the result. He will stay. He deserves a margin of confidence. He loves Barça, he’s a reference point.”
Laporta: “Koeman will stay as coach of the team independently of the result. He will stay. He deserves a margin of confidence. He loves Barça, he’s a reference point.”
— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) October 2, 2021
This suggests that Koeman will be given at least until after the international break, although if results continue to slide, and if they drop out of the Champions League group stage, change may be made.
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