After Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Portugal at the Estadio da Luz, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman discussed his future at the Camp Nou amid ongoing speculation that he will be fired.
According to Marca, the Dutchman insists he has the support of his teammates but is unsure if he still has the support of the Barcelona board of directors and club president Joan Laporta. “I feel supported by my players and the attitude..”
I’m not sure about the rest. “I’m not familiar with the club,” he admitted. “I can’t comment on my future because I don’t know how the club feels about it.” I’m not going to answer any more questions about it because I don’t have control over it. We’ll have to wait and see. ”
The result leaves Barcelona winless after two Champions League group matches, and Koeman is aware that this puts him at risk, according to Mundo Deportivo. “It’s difficult for any coach to be at Barça if you lose two Champions League games; it’s a delicate situation,” he said. “You must try to change things, and you must give the team time..” There are physically stronger teams, so we need to play our game, have the ball, and create chances, which we have done, but you can’t win if you don’t score. ”
Bayern Munich leads the group with six points after thrashing Dynamo Kiev 5-0 in the other group match on Wednesday. Barcelona will now play the Ukrainian champions at home and away, needing a total of six points from the two games to advance to the knockout stages.
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Busquets: Barcelona Must Stay Positive
Meanwhile, despite yet another humiliating defeat in Europe, captain Sergio Busquets has urged his team to remain positive. According to UEFA, the midfielder believes his team is still in contention in Group E. “It’s difficult to explain where we are..”
Games are won in both penalty areas, and we didn’t have a decisive advantage at either end. We conceded far too early, but after that we played well and created chances, but we didn’t score, and if you let good opponents off the hook, they will take advantage,” he explained. “However, we are only two games into the group and must concentrate on fighting back..” We need to beat Dynamo Kyiv twice and keep an eye on our opponents. This group still has a long way to go, and we must try to stay positive. ”
With just over two minutes on the clock, Darwin Nunez took advantage of some sloppy defending to score the game’s first goal. When Frenkie de Jong teed up Luuk de Jong, the Catalan giants should have equalized, but the Dutchman managed to miss from close range. Benfica won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Rafa Silva and a penalty from Nunez, while the visitors failed to make a single attempt on goal. Despite this, Busquets believes his team managed to create a chance against Jorge Jesus’s team. “When we pushed up in the game, Benfica broke and went one-on-one against our center-backs..”
“It resulted in two goals,” he added. “We had opportunities, but I’m not sure if any of them were on target..” Statistics can only tell you so much; just because we didn’t hit the target doesn’t mean we didn’t create good opportunities. ”
Wednesday’s result adds to Barcelona’s European woes. The Catalans have failed to win any of their last five Champions League games, scoring just two goals in the process.
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