At FC Barcelona, coach Ronald Koeman is under increasing pressure. After a goalless draw with FC Cadiz in the first division, the difference reached its traditional rivals Real Madrid by seven points.
This time the referee was dismissed. But after a disappointing goalless draw with Cadiz, another red card for Ronald Koeman from FC Barcelona is increasingly likely.
Because at Barcelona number zero in Andalusia, the guests once again did not find the right track. The title of “torment” was the headline of the Spanish sports newspaper “AS”, while our sports colleagues summarized the meeting under the title “Frustration”.
The coach’s controversial exit erupted in injury time, after a row with the fourth official sent Koeman to the stands. “In this country you are not expelled for anything,” the Dutchman then complained. Club president Joan Laporta shouldn’t have liked to stir up such a rabble, either.
However, it appears that the Catalans still give Koeman a deadline, which should expire if the match is not won at home on Sunday (4.15pm/DAZN) against the still-unabled guest U de Levante. Renewed references to the absence of seven regular injured players are unlikely to save the 58-year-old’s job. However, Koeman will not pursue the confrontation, which may already be decisive for his future, on the bench. On Friday, the Spanish League suspended playing for two matches.
Koeman is optimistic despite the faltering start
After just six days of matches in the first division, the gap between arch rivals and leaders Real Madrid is already seven points. In Cadiz it was the third match in a row without a win.
For now, Koeman has been praising his team’s commitment: “You can’t just look at the score, you have to see the situation. I can’t complain.”
On behalf of the team, defense chief Gerard Pique promised that at least there would be no lack of commitment. “We can all complain or work,” the veteran said. “The players are here to work.”
But what if three points are not enough again? Then club legend Xavi, who is currently working as a coach in Qatar, his compatriot Robert Martinez, currently the coach of the Belgian national team, or Thierry Henry, the world champion in France 1998, are possible candidates to succeed Koeman. However, pure speculation must be rumors about Pep Guardiola or Joachim Loew.
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