Barcelona boss under fire Ronald Koeman cited the examples of Xavi and Andres Iniesta in insisting that the club’s woes are not all bad, although he gave a grim assessment of their goal for the season.
In an unprecedented financial turmoil, Barcelona oversaw the departures of a plethora of first-team stars this summer. Lionel Messi grabbed the headlines leaving Camp Nou and, as you might expect, their early season fortunes took a hit.
Barcelona were beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in their Champions League opener. After drawing with Granada on Monday, the La Liga giant is in eighth place nationally.
Pressure on Koeman appears to be intensifying amid mounting tensions between the Dutchman and club president Joan Laporta.
Laporta posted two videos last week on social media addressing fans about the squad’s predicament. He also asked for patience as the club faced their colossal debt.
Now Koeman responded at his last press conference and declined to answer a single question after reading a prepared statement.
“The club are with me in what is a rebuilding process,” the statement began.
“The financial situation of the club is linked to the sports performance of the team. This means that we have to rebuild the team without a lot of money to spend and we need time.
“Young talent can be big stars in a few years and the good thing about rebuilding the squad is that young players will have their chance just like Xavi and (Andreas) Iniesta had theirs in their time. patience is needed.
Setting the bar low for this season, Koeman continued, “To finish in a high position this season will be a success.
“European football is a good school for these young players, but you cannot expect miracles in the Champions League. Last week’s loss to Bayern Munich has to be seen in this light.
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Barcelona vulnerable to Arsenal raid
Meanwhile, Arsenal “maintain contact” with Barcelona on a move to midfield, and charges that could twist their arm have come to light, according to a report.
Through Caught offside, Arsenal aim to land a promising Barcelona star with their best years to come. Quoting a Spanish outlet Todofichajes, Barcelona midfielder Riqui puig would be on their radar.
The 22-year-old has failed to break into Koeman’s starting XI this season. Apparently not in the Dutchman’s plans, an opening is there for any club with the desire and the money to pounce.
Arsenal fits this bill and is described as “now in contact” with Barcelona on its availability.
Despite a significant reduction in their payroll this summer, the article suggests that they are still vulnerable in the market. An offer of around 20 million euros could increase the pressure and “push” them to sell.
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