According to multiple reports FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman’s tenure may be coming to an end with defeat to Benfica in the Champions league last night reportedly further pushing club president, Joan Laporta, and Co to accelerate the search for a replacement.
Koeman’s Barcelona suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat away to Benfica in Lisbon yesterday with the defence struggling again as former Manchester City defender, Eric Garcia, received a second yellow card and getting sent off in the 87th minute. The frontline struggled to gel and convert their chances with Luuk de Jong failing to finish off two clear cut chances summing up an overall poor and lacklustre performance from the blaugrana side.
Even though FC Barcelona are still yet to lose a match in their domestic league Koeman’s position as manager is still in jeopardy due to inconsistent performances in La liga as well as in Europe especially against the so called “lesser opposition”.
According to ESPN, a couple of new names have been touted as potential replacements including former Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, and River Plate manager, Marcelo Gallardo, as well as the club’s youth academy coach, Albert Capellas, to add to a list of candidates that include notably club legend, Xavi Hernandez, and Belgium Coach Roberto Martinez.
FC Barcelona have quite a congested fixture list ahead of them if Ronald Koeman is to turn things around. They are set to face defending champions Atletico Madrid on Saturday, 02 October 2021, and then a tough clash against Valencia on the 17th of October, after which they have a ‘must-win’ tie against Dynamo Kiev in the champions league on the 20th of October before the highly anticipated el-clasico clash against rivals Real Madrid on the 24th of October 2021.