We will take tough decisions, Barca President warns Koeman

We will take tough decisions, Barca President warns Koeman

The future of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman doesn’t depend on the result of Thursday night’s game at Cadiz, club president Joan Laporta said, but warned that “if decisions have to be taken, we’ll take them.”

Koeman has come under intense pressure since last week’s 3-0 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, which was followed by an unconvincing 1-1 home LaLiga draw with Granada at Camp Nou on Monday.

Barca are exploring options to replace Koeman, but the lack of available alternatives has prevented the club from acting hastily.

“Koeman’s future doesn’t depend on the result tonight,” Laporta told El Chiringuito on Thursday, speaking outside the team hotel in Cadiz. “We are with the coach. He’s Barca’s first-team coach, and what we want is for things to go well.

“All coaches, not just Koeman, depend on results, and in Barca’s case, on their style of play. Koeman is our coach, and we’re with him today.”

Koeman refused to answer questions from the media in his prematch news conference on Wednesday, choosing instead to read a prepared statement in which he asked for “time” and “unconditional backing” for the team “in words and inactions.”

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