On the program of this JT Foot Mercato: FC Barcelona still can’t get out of the crisis. The bad performances follow one another and the relationship with the fans is crumbling, especially when it comes to Ronald Koeman.
Returns but no changes
Despite the return of Ansu Fati and Sergio Agüero, Barcelona continues to underperform. The Clàsico at Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon was a good opportunity to forget this bad start of the season, but the Blaugrana lost 2-1 against the Madrid rival. This is the 4th defeat in a row against Real for the Catalans, the worst total since 1965. Barcelona is only 9th in La Liga after 9 games. In the Champions League, the Blaugrana are clinging to the 3rd place of their group, with two big defeats 3-0 against Bayern and Benfica.
Ronald Koeman satisfied with the clasico
Often criticized for his choices by the fans, frequently announced as close to dismissal by the media, the future of Ronald Koeman in Catalonia has never been so vague after this clasico. However, the manager was quite positive in the post-match press conference. He seemed to be satisfied with the result: “The public was phenomenal until the last second, we tried, but we did not get the result we wanted. In the first half, we were good. We had a lot of possession. We proved that we are not inferior to Real Madrid”.
The discontent of the fans
Barcelona fans are at their wit’s end, especially after these statements, and are looking to make themselves heard. A few dozen of them took the coach Ronald Koeman to task after the game. The car of the Dutch coach was surrounded and pushed. If the scene lasted only a few seconds, the images shocked. “FC Barcelona publicly condemns the violent and insulting gestures that targeted our coach at the exit of the Camp Nou,” the club quickly reacted. The leaders assured that they would take “security and disciplinary measures to ensure that this kind of regrettable event does not happen again”. The atmosphere is austere in Barcelona. It is imperative that they win against Rayo Vallecano next Wednesday.