Ronald Koeman describes FC Barcelona’s season as “ positive ”
Ronald koeman believes its first campaign in charge of Barcelona can be considered positive and is confident he will still be in charge next season. Barca beat Eibar 1-0 in their last La Liga game of the season on Saturday to finish third, five points behind Real Madrid and seven adrift of champions Atletico Madrid. The Catalans also left the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 stages, and also lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Supercopa de Espana in January. Koeman’s side took exact revenge by beating Athletic in the Copa del Rey final last month, and the Dutchman believes the trophy has been collected this season.
“We have gained a lot of points in the league since the start of 2021 and won the cup brilliantly,” Koeman said after the late victory at Ipurua, DPA reports. trophy and fight for La Liga with two or three games to go, I would sign for that, it’s not the best season possible, but you can’t ask for a brace every year, or a team that is still forming. “
Koeman’s 79 points are the lowest of any Barcelona boss in their first 38 league games since Frank Rijkaard (72) in 2003-04.
This is the first season Barca have finished outside of the top two since 2007-08 and the only time they have spent successive seasons without finishing first since 2006 and 2008.
But Koeman, who alluded to the lack of support from his superiors in his pre-match press conference, insists he’s still at the start of a long-term process in Catalonia despite reports suggesting that he will be replaced at the end of the season.
“I don’t think this is my last game,” he said. “I have a contract and, I don’t know … you talk about it a lot, but I’m calm. If the club wants to change anything, they have to talk to me.”
“Many at the club agree with that. We are trying to improve the team. There are older players, with all due respect, who can still give a lot.
Barca were heading for a goalless draw with Eibar before Antoine Griezmann pulled in an impressive acrobatic winner nine minutes from time.
And like his head coach, Griezmann is hopeful Barca can strengthen their squad during the tight season.
“We are in pain after missing the title. We have failed in some important games and need to rest and see where we can improve for next year, ”he told Movistar.
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