Ronald Koeman on his future after Barcelona’s 3-0 defeat to Benfica: “It’s not in my hands”

Barcelona travelled to Lisbon this evening to face Benfica in the second round of the group stage of the Champions League. Ronald Koeman’s men took a 3-0 beating from Bayern Munich at Camp Nou in the first round and were keen to get back to winning ways; they didn’t. Benfica humbled them, also winning 3-0.

Barcelona sit sixth in La Liga and have endured a mixed start to the season. They’ve struggled to kickstart their new era having lost Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain. After this result, even the most ardent of Koeman supporters would concede that his days at the club are numbered. Things have gone too far.

 

It took three minutes for Barcelona to go a goal down. Benfica carved through their defence like hot butter, with Eric Garcia badly exposed. Darwin Nunez then stepped up to deliver the crucial blow and make it 1-0. Things got worse in the second half; Rafa Silva doubled Benfica’s advantage in the 69th minute before Nunez scored his second and Benfica’s third in the 79th. Garcia then saw red in the 87th to compound Barcelona’s misery.

“The final result is hard to accept,” Koeman said post-match in comments carried by Marca. “It’s not the result we saw on the pitch. Despite going behind fast, I think the team played well until it went to 2-0. We had clear opportunities to score.

 

“I’m not going to discuss the level of this team,” he continued. “Everyone knows what Barcelona’s problem is today. It’s not possible to comment on a team that’s not the one of past years. For me it’s clearer than water.”

He was reluctant to discuss his future. “I can only comment on my work with the team,” he said. “I feel supported by my players and the attitude [they’ve shown me]. I don’t know about the rest. I don’t know about the club. I can’t say anything about my future because I don’t know how the club thinks in that sense. I don’t want to answer any more questions about this because it’s not in my hands. We’ll see.”

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2 Comments

  1. Penlover says:

    Enough is enough koeman must go
    Two game in UEFA no point,no goal,no on target
    Verry usless coach
    Koeman is not good as a manager for the team at all
    He’ s verry usless and unfortunate coach

  2. Muhammad Ahmad Gana says:

    The catalans are in dire financial crisis, no doubt about that. Koeman “The Hero of Wembley” really tried by giving the young lads from La Masia a chance, in his rebuilding quest. But suffice to say that, it’s quite apparent that he lacks the tactical depth and technical ability to coach Barca at this point in time. Barca playing 3-5-2 formation with half baked defenders, common losing is just an understatement. He should call it quit, or the management should wield the big stick on him.

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