Ronald Koeman is currently in the corner with FC Barcelona where the blows fall. The coach already suffered the third defeat of the season against Atlético Madrid (1-0) on Saturday and saw the infirmary fill up even more with the out of Gerard Piqué.
Worry after failure Piqué
With only eleven points from eight games, Barcelona even has the worst start of the competition since 1991. The Catalans are only tenth in La Liga, nine points behind Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad.
“Like any coach, I am responsible,” said Koeman after the game. “We know the results need to be better, but for that I have faith in these players. We need to improve both offensively and defensively. We crave a series of victories.”
The only goal against Atlético was the Catalans’ own fault. After a sloppy loss of ball in midfield, Yannick Carrasco suddenly came face to face with keeper Marc-André Ter Stegen, who had come about thirty meters from his goal, but missed the ball completely.
“We gave them a big gift and that affected the result. That only made it more difficult. We played well in the first half and dominated the game, although we didn’t create many opportunities. I’m happy with the efforts of my players. , she cannot be blamed for that. “
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The personnel problems at Barcelona are getting bigger every week. Piqué left the field after an hour of play after a collision with Ángel Correa. The medical staff’s initial diagnosis showed that Piqué has a sprained right knee. The 33-year-old defender may have been sidelined for months.
“Of course I’m worried, any coach would do that,” said Koeman. “We have a lot of injuries, which is also the result of our busy schedule. I saw that Piqué was in a lot of pain, but I have not spoken to the doctors yet. We have to wait and see what comes out of the medical examination on Sunday.”
Especially in the back, the flush for Koeman is very thin. With Clément Lenglet he only has one fit center-back left. Midfielder Frenkie de Jong has regularly been forced to return to the last line in recent weeks.