Barcelona president Joan Laporta has warned head coach Ronald Koeman that he will not be afraid to “make decisions” if the team’s fortunes do not improve soon.
The pressure is mounting on Koeman after Barcelona’s poor start to the 2021-22 campaign, with a 1-1 draw at home to Granada on Monday, marking the latest setback for the Spanish giants. And it took the Catalan giants until the 90th minute to tie that game.
Barça fell to eighth place in the La Liga standings after that result, and it has been suggested that Koeman is now on borrowed time as he struggles to find a winning formula after a summer of total changes at Camp Nou.
Laporta: “Coaches depend on their results”
Laporta says Koeman still enjoys the full backing of the club’s board for the time being, but the Barça boss has also signaled that he will not be afraid to pick up the ax if the Dutchman does not achieve a rapid improvement in results.
“We are responsible for the management of the club,” Laporta told El Chiringuito. “We have more information when making decisions and we have to consider everything much more.
“It is not a problem for us to make decisions of any kind, and if we have to make them at a certain time, we will make them, [whether they are] economic, sports or social.
“We are behind the coach. [Koeman] he is the coach of the Barcelona first team and what we want is for him to do well, “he continued.” The coaches, not just Koeman, depend a lot on their results and in the case of Barcelona, [they are judged] each game. But Koeman is our coach and now we are behind him. “
The decline of Barcelona
After watching Lionel Messi lead a summer exodus amid the club’s well-documented financial crisis, a new Barcelona team managed to kick off their final season with a bang to temporarily lift the mood of sadness among fans.
Koeman’s men beat Real Sociedad 4-2 on the opening weekend, with new signings Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia among those who impressed in an exciting offensive display, but a 1-1 draw with Athletic Club made the team would return to earth the next. week.
Barcelona then secured a lame 2-1 victory over Getafe before a 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in their first Champions Leaguge group stage match, which served as yet another test. of how far the Blaugrana have stayed from the elite.
The draw against Granada added to the misery of the team, but they will have a chance to get back on track with a trip to Cádiz on Thursday night.