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One of the most difficult jobs in the world right now is held by Ronald Koeman, the head coach of Barcelona.
A position that ten years ago would have been any coach’s dream, the Dutchman’s squad no longer strike fear into their opponents in the way they used to, as evidenced by their 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, September 14, and then their 1-1 draw at home to Granada last Monday.
In a Wednesday’s pre-match press conference, Koeman read out a statement in which he expressed his disappointment with where the club is at, following several rumours, leaks and ultimatums surrounding his position at the Camp Nou.
Koeman, a coach with a big personality, wanted to make it clear that he accepts the challenge of rebuilding Barcelona, despite their economic woes, but also that he expects more from president Joan Laporta and the board.
Following speculation that Laporta wanted to get rid of Koeman, the Dutchman defended himself in his statement.
“In the Champions League, no miracles can be expected. The defeat against Bayern must be seen in that light,” said Koeman.
“The team must be supported, in words and actions.”
Laporta and Koeman will see each other on Thursday as Barcelona take on Cadiz at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza, and despite not planning on making a statement, the club are committed to bringing an end to the tension at the Camp Nou.
The most famous war in recent Barcelona history was between Johan Cruyff and Jose Luis Nunez in the 1990s, when an idyllic relationship became unbearable.
With a variety of risqué statements, reproaches and accusations in the media regarding the pair, this rivalry remains legendary to this day at Barcelona.
More recently, Pep Guardiola and Sandro Rosell and Ernesto Valverde and Josep Maria Bartomeu also had disagreements, but they were more subtle and not as publicised or serious.