Any credit score gained from the morale-boosting victory over Levante on Sunday evaporated in Lisbon, the place Barca had been subjected to yet one more European humiliation that places their hopes of reaching the knock-out stage unsure.

Club president Joan Laporta will maintain a gathering on Thursday morning, in accordance with reviews within the Catalan press, through which will probably be determined whether or not Koeman ought to stay in cost for Saturday’s crunch La Liga sport towards Atletico Madrid.

That a change is even being thought-about earlier than some of the necessary video games of the season, and with a global break developing instantly after, reveals how little confidence in Koeman there’s left.

“I really feel like I’ve the help of the gamers,” mentioned the 58-year-old. Asked if he felt supported by the membership, Koeman mentioned: “I do not know, I do not know, I do not know.”

When Koeman, who performed for Barca in 1989-1995, was appointed by Laporta’s predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu in August 2020 the membership beamed “welcome dwelling!” and known as him “a legend”.

But after an encouraging first season through which Barcelona received the Copa del Rey and in the long run had been upset to not win the league, Koeman’s homecoming has rapidly turned bitter.

He has by no means loved the backing of Laporta, who tried to discover a alternative in the summertime however was unable to discover a appropriate successor or extra seemingly persuade them to hitch.

For some time it was a wedding of comfort, however the relationship has grown bitter in current weeks, with Koeman’s calls for for help and makes an attempt to decrease expectations obtained with rising irritation on the membership.

“What I don’t like is an perspective of acceptance, a sure defeatism,” Laporta mentioned final week.

Barcelona’s dire monetary scenario would hamper any coach as a string of senior gamers have left and inferior ones been introduced in. Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann had been allowed to depart, changed by Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong.

Koeman has emphasised the purpose repeatedly that this group just isn’t the Barcelona of outdated and expectations must be adjusted accordingly.

“We have modified many issues and we’re lacking some troopers,” mentioned Koeman. “I’m bored with all the time repeating the identical factor. We have misplaced the gamers who made the distinction. For me it’s clearer than water.”

For a very long time, many subscribed to Koeman’s mantra as a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in final season’s Champions League was hailed as an indication of progress, regardless that it got here after a 4-1 loss within the opening leg.

But the reasons have worn skinny, partly due to outcomes -– Barcelona have received solely as soon as of their final 5 video games -– but additionally performances, which have been more and more devoid of creativity or identification.

When Barcelona had been held by Granada earlier this month it was not a lot the draw as the very fact they completed with defenders Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo up entrance.

“If you have a look at the checklist (of gamers), what are you purported to do?” requested Koeman. 

Koeman may even know that, regardless of the upheaval, a squad that boasts Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, Depay, Sergio Busquets, Pique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen must be doing higher than backside of their Champions League group and sixth in La Liga.

Koeman mentioned he thinks he has the help of the gamers, however when Busquets was requested if altering coach would assist, he didn’t increase a lot of a defence. “We are in a essential scenario,” Busquets mentioned. 

Besides, will probably be Laporta and the board that make the choice on Koeman’s destiny — and it appears more and more a case of when he goes, not if. 

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