Ronald Koeman makes telling admission over Barcelona future after Benfica loss


Under-fire Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has made a telling admission over his future at the La Liga giants following their humiliating defeat at Benfica. The Portuguese side comfortably beat Koeman’s strugglers 3-0 to leave them rooted to the bottom of Group E of the Champions League.

Koeman has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks, with reports emerging that club president Joan Laporta is keen to replace the Dutchman.

It comes after a challenging start to the season for the Catalan club, who have won only three of their first six games in the Spanish top-flight.

That has left them sixth in La Liga, five points behind early pacesetters and El Clasico rivals Real Madrid.

Things have gone even worse for Koeman and Barca in the Champions League, having lost their opening two games in this season’s edition of the tournament.

First, they were comfortably defeated by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp a fortnight ago.

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But the under-fire Dutchman also admitted that he does not know if he has the support of the club, with calls for him to be sacked increasing.

“I feel supported, very supported by my players here at Barcelona. And by the club? I don’t know,” Koeman added.

“I’m not going to argue about the level of my team. There’s no point in comparing this with Barcelona teams of years gone by. That’s as clear as water.

“I can only give you my opinion of my work at the club – I feel backed by my players and their attitude.”



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