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Sport Ronald Koeman Fired After Barcelona's Defeat to Rayo Vallecano

02:41  28 october  2021
02:41  28 october  2021 Source:   si.com

Barca must beat Dynamo Kiev to keep Champions League hopes alive - Koeman

  Barca must beat Dynamo Kiev to keep Champions League hopes alive - Koeman Barcelona will have to beat Dynamo Kiev to have any chance of reaching the knock-out stage of the Champions League, coach Ronald Koeman said on Tuesday. Barcelona last went out in the Champions League group stage 21 years ago. "Tomorrow we are playing for our future in this Champions League," said Koeman. "After losing two games, we have to win to have a chance of going through. There is no other option."Koeman must decide whether to play Ansu Fati from the start against Kiev, with a Clasico against Real Madrid to come on Sunday.Fati has lifted the mood at the club since returning from 11 months out through injury.

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The Barcelona manager was given a public backing less than three weeks ago, but a poor run of results accelerated his departure.

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Less than three weeks after getting a public show of support from Barcelona president Joan Laporta, Ronald Koeman is out as manager of the club.

The final straw was Wednesday's 1–0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano, which followed a home loss to rival Real Madrid in El Clásico. It was after Sunday's defeat that fans impeded Koeman's car as he attempted to exit Camp Nou, expressing their frustration in personal, potentially dangerous ways.

I couldn't be under more pressure, says Koeman ahead of Clasico

  I couldn't be under more pressure, says Koeman ahead of Clasico Ronald Koeman said on Saturday it is not possible for him to be under more pressure as Barcelona prepare to face Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season. Barcelona sit seventh in La Liga after winning four of their opening eight games but they are only two points behind Real Madrid. "This game won't be decisive," said Koeman."It will just show what kind of moment the two teams are in."After beating Valencia in La Liga and Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, a victory at Camp Nou on Sunday would round off an encouraging week for Koeman and his team.Yet many believe Madrid are favourites.

"We have every confidence in him, he's our coach, and he deserves some leeway as he believes in the team and hasn't been able to call on the entire squad yet," Laporta said on Oct. 8 on Catalan radio.

That leeway didn't extend very long. Barcelona did manage to defeat Dynamo Kiev to keep its hopes at securing a place in the Champions League knockout stage alive, but the club has three wins in its last 10 matches across all competitions and has fallen to ninth in La Liga, six points behind the four teams that are currently tied for first place.

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