Madrid. The crisis for FC Barcelona players worsened again on Saturday.
The loss in the eighth round of Spain’s top competition at Atlética Madrid 0:2 was their first in the league season, but along with the failure in the Champions League at Benfica Lisbon (0:3), doubts about the coach’s future. Ronald Koeman in a future job.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez put salt in the wound of the former club, who passed the first goal to Thomas Lemar and sealed the result himself at the end of the first half.
The coach’s position is not tempting
The Dutch coach only watched the duel from the stands, serving the rest of the penalty due to a red card in September from Cadiz.
The question is whether he will return to the bench, although the president of the great Catalan club, Joan Laporta, announced before Saturday’s match that Koeman will remain in his position regardless of the result.
The media is already speculating about his possible successors, citing Xavi Hernandez, Robert Martinez or Andrea Pearl.
However, the position is not as attractive at the moment as in the more famous days of FCB, where Barcelona is last in the Champions League group and La League management has reduced its spending to 97 million euros, which is only seventh highest. Budget in competition.
Pique: Atletico didn’t even score goals
Koeman insists he will be Barcelona coach even after the national team was suspended in October:
“It is very important for the coach’s confidence and charges to be clear. The players need to know that they still have a coach. The club president decided, so everything fits.”
However, the guests weren’t good enough for the current champion.
“The home team scored two goals without it being difficult for them. We can play for three hours without scoring. Frankly, we’re worried. We’re going through tough times and many of us don’t have experience with something like that.” The Associated Press quoted Gerard Pique as a defender.
With a silent celebration of the insurance intervention, Suarez showed his respect for the former club, where he played for six years and scored 198 goals.
He joined his hands and looked at the sky, but then pointed. He allegedly targeted Koeman and his surprise announcement last year that he was not dependent on Uruguay.
“It was a message to people who think I still use the same number,” Suarez, 34, said with a smile.
Suarez dominated the headlines
The Catalans are ninth in the standings, while Atletico finished in second place, rival city leaders and captain Real Madrid, who are fighting a good duel on Sunday at Espanyol Barcelona.
The defending champion is also eager for a positive result after two wins in the previous five matches.
Suárez dominated the headlines and Lemar also made it into the shooting roster, but Joao Felix also played a big part in the victory.
The Wanda Metropolitano has been sold for the first time since March 2020 and has seen the Portuguese forward put in one of his best performances.
Before the first target, the entire field opened in an instant.
“When the first half was over I came to him and told him that’s exactly what I needed from him. This is his job,” said coach Diego Simeone.
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