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After surviving the "guillotine" of dismissal... Koeman faces a new test with Barcelona

After surviving the “guillotine” of dismissal… Koeman faces a new test with Barcelona

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman escaped the “guillotine” of sacking thanks to the renewal of confidence in him by club president Joan Laporta. However, the relations of the two parties remain shaky due to the negative results accumulated by the Catalan club, in the midst of which the Spanish media expected that the days of the former star in the defense of the Dutch national team were numbered. Today, however, Koeman feels comfortable with this new confidence, which remains conditional in any case.

count Ronald Koeman His players have a lot to win a decisive week in his relationship with Barcelona, ​​​​especially after the club’s president, Joan Laporta, renewed his confidence in him, and thus escaped the “dismissal” guillotine, which may give his players a moral impetus to achieve a positive result in the confrontation against Valencia on Sunday in the ninth stage of competitions. Spanish Football League.

After the “Camp Nou” match in the league, Barcelona also faces its rival Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine in the third round of the Champions League on Wednesday, before receiving again four days later its rival Real Madrid in the first Clasico in “La Liga”.

Koeman is relieved by his boss’s support, but is well aware that the green light Laporta gave him before the international break is conditional.

Victory and nothing but victory

Barcelona no longer has the luxury to endure more stumbles locally against Valencia and Real, given that it occupied the ninth place with 12 points from 3 victories, a draw and one defeat, with a game postponed, being five points behind the poles of the capital Madrid, leaders Real and runners-up Atletico and Basque Real. Sociedad with 17 points each, but with a goal difference in favor of the Royal Club.

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Barcelona is also aware that any incomplete pedestrian against Dynamo Kiev in the middle of the week may destroy its hopes of qualifying from the group stage of the main continental competition after two losses in a row against Bayern Munich 0-3 and Benfica with the same result, which put him at the bottom of his group.

Many believe that this series of matches will be the beginning of a new coach, after the Koeman players achieved an orphan victory in their last six matches, which made the Dutch coach appear besieged, isolated and disconnected from his boss and with his players in the dressing rooms.

During the last press conference before his match against Atletico Madrid in the previous stage, Koeman did not show much resistance when he was asked about the possibility of his departure, which is imminent.

The former Barcelona player replied, “I have ears and eyes and I know there are things that are being leaked. They may be true, but no one has told me anything.”

Quickly, Laporta went out to deny all the rumors on the morning of the upcoming confrontation with the league champions last season, stressing that Koeman was not dismissed from his position and that he would continue his duties regardless of the outcome of the “Wanda Metropolitano” stadium, where several hours after this statement the Catalan club received a painful two-goal loss. clean.

Koeman confirmed after the match that “there was no clarity before” and that “it is very important for the confidence of the coach and the players as well, to know that the coach is still here.”

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He added, “We are Barcelona, ​​we have to win games, and this pressure is also normal. It exists for any coach, but especially at Barcelona,” to conclude: “But the president spoke well. He made his decision and everything is fine.”

Names in the accounts of Laporta

Despite Laporta’s assurances, local media outlets came out to confirm that the Barcelona president included many names to succeed Koeman, including the former Barcelona midfielder and current Qatari Al Sadd coach Xavi Hernandez, Belgium coach Roberto Martinis and Italian Andrea Pirlo.

In the face of the painful reality of Barcelona, ​​which is under debt, deteriorating results, and the departure of the legend and its eternal leader, Argentine Lionel Messi, to Paris Saint-Germain last summer, it seems difficult to find a coach who can bear these burdens.

Koeman assured his boss Laporta that the team’s performance will improve with the return of injured players such as French striker Ousmane Dembele and Argentine newcomer Sergio Aguero to training on Monday.

Aguero, who is likely to play against Valencia, and who is coming from Manchester City this summer, did not play any game with Barcelona due to a calf injury, while Dembele has been absent from the field since he underwent knee surgery last June.

FRANCE 24/AFP