The warm-cold game continues at the Nou Camp. While the Spanish media "fired" Ronald Koeman three times a day, counting his last hours, not days, support for the Dutch expert is constantly coming from Barcelona. Whether Barça really believe in a better tomorrow with Koeman or the shift is prevented by financial obligations towards the coach, as well as the fact that they do not have a super quality solution at their disposal, only the Dutchman remains to swim.
All Spanish media announced that the match with Atletico would be Koeman's last in Barca, and then he received direct and public support from the president of the club, Joan Laporta. "Ronald Koeman will remain the coach of Barcelona, regardless of the result against Atletico.
He deserves a little of our support. Ronald is a man of Barcelona, one of the symbols of the club." "I talked to him, we came to some conclusions. I really appreciate what leads Barça in these difficult times," said Laporta
Apparently, Koeman convinced the president that the Catalan giant will wake up when the injured Sergio Aguero, Ansu Fati, and Ousman Dembele return to the field.
"When our injured players recover, we will have more options in the attack, we will be more dangerous, sharper. Koeman had moments when he lost his self-confidence, but he regained his spirit and deserves time and our trust."
Laporta also said that the stories that he has a bad relationship with the coach are not true. "It was rumored that our relations cooled down, and that is not true. We have a good, honest relationship. Koeman is a good person and I'm sure he thinks the same about me.
We are all trying to make things better together ", said Joan Laporta. Therefore, no matter how Barça passes tonight at Wanda Metropolitano, Koeman will stay. The Dutchman is like a cat, he has nine lives. He has already spent some… It is obvious that there is more and more pressure on Koeman and that he has a difficult task to stay on the bench, but we will see if it turns out that with the return of three key players (Aguero, Fati Dembele) Barcelona will start playing as before.
Speculations about the conflict between Laporta and Koeman do not seem to be true, and that the media are trying to destroy the positive atmosphere in Barcelona and thus spoil their season even more.