Ahead of the crucial Copa del Rey final against Athletic Club Bilbao, Ronald Koeman addressed the rumors about his future at the club.
Ronald Koeman has done an impressive job at FC Barcelona, considering the circumstances in which he took the club. Let’s take a look at the whole scenario so we can get a better understanding of the situation. Koeman arrived during one of the most challenging times at FC Barcelona, with the club plunged into an institutional crisis. With no money, Messi trying to leave, and the supporters against them.
The manager still got a hold of the situation and remains alive in two competitions. Tomorrow, they get their chance to win at least the Copa del Rey against Athletic Club Bilbao. Koeman was questioned about getting ratified as the manager by Laporta before this match. The Dutch manager wasn’t happy with the line of questioning, especially with his accomplishments in such a short period of time.
Koeman thinks his job speaks for him.
“It’s weird that I have to respond to this kind of thing, I know before the game what will happen if we win and what will happen if we don’t win,” Koeman explained in his pre-match press conference via Marca. “We’ve had a 19-game streak and I have to answer questions about my future, I have to accept it but I don’t agree with it. It’s a strange thing, but it’s my job, I know I have to deal with this pressure and I know how to handle it.
“I don’t need Laporta’s ratification, we have spoken and he has shown me his confidence. If someone writes that the coach’s future is at risk, the president doesn’t have to respond to that by showing confidence. I’m the first to know what Laporta thinks, at this club you need to win trophies, and despite the changes and the economic situation at the club, we’re here at a final and we want to win it, speculation isn’t important.”