Barcelona lub president Joan Laporta has not taken kindly to the club’s 3-0 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich on Tuesday, per reports. Despite a solid domestic start to the season, boss Ronald Koeman now apparently finds himself under pressure over his future, and could have just three La Liga games to convince those in power that he is the right man for the job.
Two wins and a draw from three outings has seen Barca get off to a good start in La Liga this season.
Koeman should also have some brownie points banked from steering the Catalan side through an incredibly difficult summer, marred by financial trouble.
The emotional exit of Lionel Messi to PSG marked the end of a dominant era for the club, while they were also forced to take a humiliating loss on Antoine Griezmann, who rejoined Atletico Madrid.
Emerson Royal and Junior Firpo were also ushered out of the door during a tricky transfer window where Barca had virtually zero leverage due to their well-publicised debt
However, Koeman successfully moved players on and relieved some of the stress from their wage bill.
That was seemingly forgotten, however, after Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski took the Nou Camp by the scruff of the neck and fired his side to a 3-0 Champions League victory in midweek.
Barcelona, who did not register a single shot on target, have a prestigious European history and do not take kindly to such humbling defeats
It also reopened the year-old wounds of 2020 when they were thrashed 8-2 at the hands of Bayern in the Champions League quarter-finals
As a result, sport claim that Laporta is ‘very annoyed’ at Koeman for making Barca look like a small team on a big stage.
The club president will closely observe their next three games against Granada, Cadiz and Levante to assess whether the Dutchman should still be in a job.
Of course, Koeman was instated as manager before Laporta re-joined the club for his second stint as president, which is always likely to see the former Netherlands boss under added scrutiny.
In times of trouble, questions will naturally be raised about whether Laporta would prefer to hire a manager of his own choosing, rather than one who was there upon his arrival.
Temptation will always be there when the likes of Antonio Conte are on the market. The Italian is a free agent despite leading Inter Milan to a first Scudetto in a decade last season.
Club icon Xavi has also been in the pipeline for what seems like an eternity, and his managerial career is gaining momentum after leading Al-Sadd to an undefeated league title in Qatar last campaign.
As Koeman has recently discovered, one bad defeat can completely change the mood in Catalonia. He must now put together a solid run to get the right people back onside.