Ronald Koeman limited himself to reading out a statement before leaving the press room during Wednesday’s pre-match press conference.
? @RonaldKoeman: “We are counting on your support in these difficult times”. pic.twitter.com/80HPPM4cKs
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 22, 2021
The Barcelona head coach has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks, with there being reports that he could lose his job if the Blaugrana fail to secure a positive result against Cadiz on Thursday night.
“The club is with me in a situation of rebuilding. The economic situation is linked to the situation on the pitch,” said Koeman, as he read from his statement.
“We as a staff have to rebuild the team without making big investments and that takes time. The young talents can be world stars in a couple of years. The youngsters will have opportunities, like Xavi [Hernandez] and [Andres] Iniesta had, but patience is required.”
Ronald Koeman didn't take any questions at his press conference today.
He read out a lengthy statement about the current situation at Barcelona and then left ? pic.twitter.com/2RjLcEHIKb
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 22, 2021
“Besides, to finish high in the league table would be a success. In the Champions League, no miracles can be expected. The defeat against Bayern [Munich] must be seen in that light.”
“The team must be supported, in words and actions. I know that the press recognizes this process, it is not the first time in history that this has happened.”
“We count on your support in these decisive times. We are very, very happy with the support of the fans, as was the case against Granada. Come on, Barcelona!”
Ronald Koeman: “Messi has patched all of the problems in this club.” pic.twitter.com/NqlnMAYDpK
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) September 22, 2021
Barcelona have played just five games in all competitions so far this season but draws against Athletic Club and Granada in LaLiga Santander, coupled with a disappointing display in the win against Getafe, has caused the temperature to rise at the Camp Nou.
In addition, the way in which Barcelona lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich raised questions about Koeman’s future, particularly as there was a meeting between Joan Laporta, Rafa Yuste and Mateu Alemany that went on into the early hours of the morning after this result.
Nevertheless, it was decided that Koeman would remain in charge… For now!