Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has called for patience after a disappointing start to the La Liga season. He read out a statement after a lot of doubt has been cast over his future as the manager of Barcelona. Reports suggest that President John Laporta is considering replacing Koeman after a loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League following a draw with Granada in the La Liga. Barcelona is currently eighth in the table with the next couple of weeks before the international break looking crucial for the Spanish side. Belgian manager, Roberto Martinez is touted to be the front runner to succeed Koeman at the helm.
“The club is with me in this period of reconstruction. We have to reconstruct the team as a squad without making big investments and this takes time.” Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman said. “The young talents we have can become world stars in a couple of years. The young players will have opportunities, just as Xavi and (Andres) Iniesta had in their day, but we ask for patience.”
“The team should be supported, with words and with actions,” he added. “Finishing high in the table would be a success on its own and in the Champions League we cannot expect miracles. The defeat against Bayern should be taken with perspective.”
“We found out at the last minute that Koeman intended to make this statement. He has the obligation to attend press conferences and is very free to answer questions or express as he considers” Laporta said.
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