It is a surreal, unusual and absurd scene. A scene of barely more than two minutes which however perfectly illustrates the situation currently facing the Barcelona club. This Wednesday noon, the day before the Blaugrana's trip to Cadiz during the 6th day of La Liga, Ronald Koeman surprised his assistance during the press conference. Instead of answering journalists' questions, the coach was in fact content to read, glasses on his nose, a press release, prepared in advance to ask for "support", then got up to leave the room without a word. additional.
“The club is at my side in a reconstruction situation, first assured the Dutchman. The economic situation is linked to the sporting situation. We as a team have to rebuild it without making big investments, and that takes time. Talents can become global stars in one or two years. The young people will have opportunities, as Xavi or Iniesta had had, but patience is required. Staying at a high ranking (in the league) would be a success. In the Champions League, we can not expect miracles. "
🗣 @RonaldKoeman: “We are in the reconstruction phase, with the objective of creating a team without being able to spend large sums.
We need your support at this difficult time.
The young talents of our team can become the stars of tomorrow ”pic.twitter.com/oqlmkTKpRU
- FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona_fra) September 22, 2021
Arrived at FC Barcelona in the summer of 2020, replacing Quique Setién and hired until the summer of 2022, Ronald Koeman (58 years old) was in negotiations to extend his contract according to the Catalan press ... but the mixed start to the season. Blaugrana have cast doubt on their future.
He seems more than ever on an ejection seat since the slap received against Bayern last week in the Champions League (3-0), and the disappointing draw against Granada on Monday night in La Liga (1-1).
“The team must be supported, with words and deeds,” continued ex-coach Oranje.
I know that the press is aware of this process, this is not the first time in history that this has happened.
We are counting on your support during these decisive times.
We are very happy with the support from the supporters, like in the match against Granada.
Long live Barça ”.
It is with these last words that the Dutch technician put an end to his brief appearance in front of the media.
Since the departures this summer of Lionel Messi at PSG and Antoine Griezmann at Atlético de Madrid, the Catalans have had a series of poor performances.
They have two wins and two draws in La Liga and were slapped by Bayern Munich on the first day of the Champions League.
A situation unworthy of an institution which is "more than a club". In Cadiz on Thursday (10 p.m.) then against Levante on Sunday for the 7th day of La Liga, the Catalans will have no choice. They will have to win to reassure themselves, calm the supporters and the leaders, before a trip to Lisbon to face Benfica on the 2nd day of the Champions League on September 29. Koeman's future on the Blaugrana bench could also depend on this three-game week.