Ronald Koeman’s future as FC Barcelona coach is highly uncertain after second consecutive Champions League defeat at Benfica
Barca’s 3-0 victory over Levante, thanks to the return of Ansu Fati after a long injury, helped ease the gloom that reigned at Camp Nou, but another 3-0 defeat at Estádio da Luz – which laid bare Barca’s tactical and individual deficiencies – in addition to a home loss to Bayern Munich by the same score, put Joan Laporta’s patience to the test.
Xavi to the rescue?
Sources within the club have reportedly revealed to the Spanish media that no hasty decision will be made regarding Koeman’s post following Wednesday’s loss in Lisbon, but the Dutchman is on a tight rope at Camp Nou, having lost council support administration. Club captain Sergio Busquets was asked about the situation after the game and replied: “It’s the easiest thing in the world of football [de licencier l’entraîneur], but the responsibility also lies with the players. We are in a critical situation “.
According to Catalunya Ràdio, the two names at the top of Barça president’s list are those of Xavi Hernández, the coach of Al Sadd, whose arrival would instantly bring the fans and the club closer together, and Belgian manager Roberto Martínez, who has proven in club and at international level that he could do tactical magic.
Not to miss
Another more surprising addition to Laporta’s roster is that of Andrea Pirlo, former Juventus coach. Despite only one far from brilliant season at the head of Juve, who nevertheless won a Coppa Italia, Laporta is a fan of the former Italian midfielder who, unlike Xavi and Martínez, is immediately available and without fasteners.
The end of the week promises to be difficult for Koeman, who will travel to the Metropolitano on Saturday to face Diego Simeone’s Atlético, who has just won in extremis in Milan.