La Liga 'lacking star player' after Messi's Barcelona exit
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Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has lost the confidence of his players after another disappointing La Liga result, according to reports in the Spanish press. Koeman’s side laboured to a goalless draw with Cadiz on Thursday night.
That stalemate follows a disastrous week for Barca and Koeman, who is under strong pressure to turn around results.
A comfortable 3-0 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich was a poor start to their European campaign.
Barca then needed a late Ronald Araujo goal to clinch a draw against winless Granada at the weekend.
It has been widely reported that Koeman is on borrowed time at the Nou Camp. There have been several suggestions that president Laporta has already drawn up a list of potential candidates.
And it has now been claimed that the Dutchman has lost the trust of his players.
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According to Diario Sport, members of the squad have ‘grown tired’ of defending the team’s form, despite publicly backing Koeman.
They have defending Koeman in the media because the former Everton and Southampton boss has reciprocated.
“It’s not just about the result, you have to analyse the attitude and the work rate,” Koeman said after the draw with Cadiz.
“I can’t complain. We’ve had four or five chances and we haven’t scored, so for that reason I am not happy.
“But what I will take with me is the attitude of the team and not my personal situation.”
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Barca were reduced to 10 men when Frenkie De Jong received a second yellow card. Koeman was then sent from the touchline for debating a late decision with the fourth official.
“I was sent off for telling the fourth official that there was a second ball on the pitch and the game should be stopped,” the 58-year-old added.
“Everyone saw that except the referee. In this country, they send you off for nothing …They say [it’s for] ‘attitude, attitude,’ … It is better we leave it there because it’s not my problem.”
On Wednesday, Koeman refused to answer questions from the press and instead delivered a sensational pre-prepared statement defending the job he has done with the Blaugrana.
An excerpt of the statement read: “The club is, with me as coach, in a situation of rebuilding. The financial situation of the club is connected with the sporting activities, and vice-versa.
“This means that we, as a team, have to rebuild the football team without having to make any big financial investments.
“This means that the young talents of today could end up being the next world stars in just a few years.”
It continued: “The process that we’re in right now, the staff and the team deserve unconditional support in word and in actions – the support of the technical staff.
“I understand the press recognise this process. It is not the first time in FC Barcelona’s history that this has happened.
“Us and the players are very happy with the great support like we had in the match at home against Granada. Thank you.”
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