Ronald Koeman Barcelona future is in doubt. As the board pondering over the Dutchman’s position as manager following a below-par debut season.
The Catalan giants were held to a draw by La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid at the weekend. Which Results in failure to close the gap on Diego Simeone’s side. Barça remain in third, two points behind Atletico and below Real Madrid in the table due to an inferior head-to-head record.
ESPN report that Koeman is playing an active role in the club’s planning for next season. But Barcelona directors are concerned that his style of play doesn’t fit with their philosophy.
Barcelona’s recent home defeat at the hands of Granada – a win would have seen them move to La Liga’s summit. Also this loss creates the uncertainty regarding the 58-year-old’s suitability for the role. Despite the Dutchman still has another season to run on his current deal.
The team’s fall from grace along with off-field issues led to the resignation of unpopular club president Jose Maria Bartomeu. And has seen Joan Laporta since re-elected to the position.
Koeman’s playing style is a bit defensive, conservative style. Although he received public support from Laporta immediately after he was elected, he has refused to discuss the manager’s future since.
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Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has been strongly linked with a return to his former club to take the managerial reins. The 41-year-old is reportedly due to sign a two-year extension with Qatari outfit Al Sadd. Although there is said to be a break clause allowing him to return to Catalonia should Laporta come calling.
Barcelona This Season:
In this season, so far Barcelona has played 35 matches in La Liga. Among those, they have won 23, lost 6 and 6 of them ended in a draw. Also, in these matches they have scored 80 and conceded 33. Now, they are standing 3rd on the table, falling behind Athletico Madrid and arch rival Real Madrid. They have 3 matches left in this competition. Where they will face Levante, Celta Vigo and Eibar. But their Champions League campaign ended in utter disappointment. Where their journey ended in round of 16. Which ended in 5-2 aggregate vs PSG. Moreover, in that round they were defeated in Camp Nou 1-4. On the other hand, they were the champions of Copa Del Rey. Lionel Messi has been the best player of this season by a huge margin.