Ronald Koeman admits he could be POSTED after Barcelona’s woeful Champions League loss to Benfica
Demoralized Ronald Koeman admits he could be sacked, doesn’t know if he has the support of the board and says there are ‘LOTS of teams better than us’ after Barcelona’s embarrassing loss to Benfica
- Ronald Koeman is aware that his position at Barcelona will be under scrutiny
- Barcelona suffered another humiliating defeat, losing 3-0 to Benfica
- Koeman thinks he has the support of the players, but not the board
- Barca failed to collect a shot on target for consecutive Champions League matches
Ronaldo Koeman admitted he could be sacked as Barcelona coach in a candid post-match interview following his team’s 3-0 defeat to Benfica.
When asked if he felt he had support at Barcelona, Koeman said: “I feel like the players are behind me.” When asked if he thought the board supported him, he replied, “I don’t know.”
Prior to the manager’s interview, Frenkie de Jong was asked if the answer to Barcelona’s woes was to sack Koeman. He replied: ‘No’, but the loyalty of the players may not be enough for the 58-year-old coach.
Ronald Koeman unsure if he will keep his job after Barcelona were thrashed by Benfica
Barcelona suffered a second consecutive 3-0 humiliation in the Champions League
Barcelona failed to collect a shot on goal in the 90 minutes and lost their first two group matches for the first time since the start of the Champions League.
“This is not the team of years gone by. It’s crystal clear’, says Koeman.
“The result is hard to take. I don’t think it’s a fair reflection. After conceding so early, we reacted well, but were unable to score.
“They are very fast and strong. There are many teams stronger than us.’
When asked why he eliminated Gerard Pique after 33 minutes, he added: “We were lucky he didn’t show him a second yellow card. We couldn’t afford that and Frenkie could give us that pressure. But if you can’t score, it’s hard.’
Koeman admitted after the game it’s ‘crystal clear’ his side is not like the Barca teams of yesteryear
Darwin Nunez, who scored a famous brace, converts his first of the night with a neat finish
De Jong added: ‘I am still confident that we can continue. We have to win our remaining games. We lost the first two games.’
Whether Koeman is in charge of taking Barcelona to those remaining group matches is now the major doubt hanging over the club.
Barcelona will play Atlético Madrid this weekend, but after that there is an international match in which President Joan Laporta could make the switch.
Financial constraints have always hampered his desire to replace Koeman. The club would have to pay him around £10.4million (€12million) and as they are outside the bounds of La Liga’s financial fairplay they are subject to a special rule which means they can only accept new players (or a new coach). may bring in for a quarter of the cost of those who leave.
There is wiggle room in how these league rules are applied, but it could mean that if Barcelona were to lose Koeman, who makes around €8 million, they would only be able to bring in a coach for around €2 million. .
Despite consecutive defeats in Group E, Frenkie de Jong insists they can still qualify