Barça may have said goodbye to the La Liga title by only bringing back a draw from Levante on Tuesday night (3-3). Under contract until 2022, coach Ronald Koeman is singled out by the Spanish press on Wednesday.
A “shame”, an “unforgivable” result: unable to beat Levante on Tuesday night in La Liga (3-3) while leading 2-0, Barça undoubtedly said goodbye to the title, since it could be relegated this Wednesday night four points behind Atlético two days from the end. Also, the Catalan club is destroyed by the local press this Wednesday.
If the whole group takes it for his rank, coach Ronald Koeman is particularly targeted. And its future raises questions. A few weeks ago, the new president Joan Laporta seemed to want to keep him next season. It is not so clear anymore. And that’s obviously not what observers want.
“Few people trust him”
“The Blaugrana missed the opportunity (barring a miracle) to win the title and this only increases criticism against the Dutch technician, who is on the tightrope, notes a columnist for the Catalan daily Sport. people trust him. They blame him for tactical errors and poor maneuverability in decisive or difficult moments. The fact of having won the Cup does not serve as a guarantee. The Dutch coach is greatly penalized by the poor results against to his direct rivals in the fight for the title: 1 point out of 12 possible against Atlético and Real. Not to mention the painful KO in the Champions League (against PSG, editor’s note). Messi may well give himself, the double seems very complicated. As complicated as keeping Koeman on the bench. “
For the Madrid newspaper As, Tuesday’s result placed the coach “facing the abyss”. “Obviously, Koeman is not the only culprit of the inexplicable self-destruction of Barcelona, but he did not help prevent the drama of Orriols (the Levante stadium, note) and his management of the game left a lot to be desired , tackle the newspaper. Considering what happened on Tuesday in Valencia, keeping the Dutchman seems more difficult than ever. “
“I understand that there are questions”
As also recalls that President Laporta made the trip to Valence outside the health bubble, and that Koeman was therefore unable to meet with him face to face in the evening. A Koeman with whom the leader “maintains a suspicious distance which contrasts with the praise he devoted to him during the campaign”.
Remember that Ronald Koeman is under contract with Barça until June 2022. But the person knows he is in danger. “The goal was to win all three games and wait for the other teams to lose points,” said the coach after the meeting. But now it’s very complicated. At the break, we talked about improving in defense and not to ease off. I am touched. We had expectations. We always point the finger at the coaches. I understand that after this second period, there are questions. “