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The continuity of Koeman is less and less likely in Barcelona

German Centeno
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The continuity of Koeman is less and less likely in Barcelona

The FC Barcelona coach spoke after the defeat against Benfica for the second date of the group stage of the Champions League where his team was defeated 3-0. Without a doubt, this new defeat for the Spanish team complicates their move to the next phase.

Currently, the Barça team occupies the fourth position in the group with zero points, while Bayern is the leader with 6 points and Benfica second with 4 points. Dynamo Kiev is third with one point and Barcelona's next rival.

The Spanish team was clearly disoriented and lost in a large section of the match, they never found a good collective game, something that the Lisbon team knew how to take advantage of and allowed them to make three goals to seal a great win.

A Ronald Koeman exit that seems to have no reverse

The continuity of Koeman is less and less likely in Barcelona

The president of Barcelona did everything possible to avoid having to make the decision to fire him, and when seeing the line-up of the coach, everything seemed to indicate that the team could give a good game and get all three points.

However, the Dutch coach seems not to take advantage of this and hastens his departure after a series of poor results that has the club in a very bad moment.

It only took two minutes of play for Benfica to get ahead in the market with a goal from Darwin, a great move by the Benfica player, but which clearly would not have been taken advantage of without the errors of Pedri and Eric García. Ter Stegen does not usually fail, but he neglected the short stick and his mistake helped his team start losing.

A decision that seems inevitable for Joan Laporta

The continuity of Koeman is less and less likely in Barcelona

President Joan Laporta spoke last Monday with different media where he made it clear that he has never fired a coach. Likewise, he made it clear that Rijkaard's departure was by mutual agreement, so the relationship with him is very good as well as with the club.

He also relied on the victory against Levante last weekend to postpone that decision, but that the results will not allow him to continue stopping.

Bad decisions from the start

The continuity of Koeman is less and less likely in Barcelona

The Dutch coach seems not to want to bet on the young promises of the team, which is why he left them in the substitute bench, something that denies his commitment to the renewal of players.

There is no doubt for anyone that Barcelona's ownership against Benfica was not the best of all, but that it made the fans think that a good game could be played.

The Barça team formed with Araujo on the left and Eric on the right, however, Araujo's lack of concentration allowed Darwin to advance on the left a few minutes from the opening whistle to put the 1-0 in the market.

At minute 10 Luuk de Jong missed a goal that was more than sung and what clearly worried Koeman.

According to the entire development of the meeting, everything suggests that Ronald Koeman leaves Laporta no choice but to cease his stay at the club. He got an extra life at the weekend when everything made us think that Barcelona was coming back and that Ansu Fati would be the team's salvation, something that hasn't lasted even a week.

With the result of this second date of the Champions League, Laporta has run out of salvation with Koeman, who continues to show that he is not capable of achieving anything with this team, all his decisions are totally contrary to the correct ones.

All this has led to Barcelona possibly announcing a replacement for the Dutch coach in the next few days, who undoubtedly his stay at the club has ended.

The rest of the group

On the other hand, in the Bayern and Dinamo Kiev match, the German team scored and positioned itself as the sole leader of group E, this is how Bayern shows its power in the Champions League and makes Barcelona think even more who will have to face him again.

Bayern beat Barcelona on matchday one and the Ukrainian team on matchday two with goals from Lewandowski, Sane, Gnabry and Choupo. However, the Barça team seems to have a break in the competition, since their next two games will be against Dynamo Kiev, who on paper would be the easiest rival in the group and from whom they must get all six points on a mandatory basis.

Being able to win this double day to the Ukrainian team will allow Barcelona to be able to get into the fight to advance to the round of 16 of the European competition.

It must be borne in mind that a third defeat for the Catalans would practically sentence their elimination in the group stage, which would be a surprise for everyone.