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Axe Could Fall on Coach Roland Koeman for Barcelona Losses

FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has dropped the largest trace but that Ronald Koeman won’t proceed as first crew coach for subsequent season.

It seems to be as if Saturday’s sport away to Eibar will probably be Koeman’s final in cost after the membership ran out of steam not too long ago, shedding two dwelling video games to Celta and Granada, whereas drawing at dwelling to Atletico Madrid and away to Levante, reviews Xinhua.

Taking two factors from 12 has destroyed Barca’s title hopes in the intervening time when it regarded as if they may go on to carry this season’s title and the final weekend of the marketing campaign will now see Atletico and Real Madrid duel it out for the top-spot, whereas Barca now want a degree in Eibar to guarantee they end third.

“The method the league has been misplaced is meaningless,” mentioned Laporte at a sports activities gala he attended on Tuesday night time.

“I’m speaking concerning the finish of the cycle and renewal as a result of it’s what [I] suppose needs to be achieved. Starting subsequent week, we’re going to make a collection of choices,” he added.

“What we now have to do is figure exhausting and successfully to have a really aggressive crew to win the Champions League and to win the league,” continued Laporta.

Laporta’s phrases not solely seem to sentence Koeman, but additionally put a number of skilled gamers corresponding to Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Antoine Griezmann within the highlight, whereas different gamers corresponding to Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo and Martin Brathwaite look to have their days on the Camp Nou numbered.

Barcelona nonetheless should persuade Leo Messi to signal a brand new contract, and together with his deal attributable to expire on the finish of June, there’s nonetheless an opportunity the Argentinean might abandon the membership.

Meanwhile, the Spanish press on Wednesday speculated that Griezmann might return to Atletico Madrid with the younger Portuguese worldwide Joao Felix shifting the opposite method.

It continues to be unclear who will probably be Koeman’s successor, though former Barca midfielder Xavi Hernandez flew again to Barcelona a couple of days in the past on vacation from Qatar the place he coaches Al Sadd. Xavi has not too long ago signed a brand new contract with the membership, however it’s unsure whether or not this comprises a clause that will enable him to affix Barcelona if the chance arose.

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