Man City boss Pep Guardiola tells Barca president Joan Laporta who should replace Koeman

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Barcelona icon Pep Guardiola has already told president Joan Laporta who should replace Ronald Koeman if the La Liga club decide to sack the under pressure Dutchman, according to reports. 

Koeman has endured a difficult period at Barca and sections of the club’s fanbase have demanded that he be dismissed.  

The Catalan club have experienced a particularly difficult week. A comfortable 3-0 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich was a poor start to their European campaign. 

Barca then needed a late Ronald Araujo goal to clinch a draw against winless Granada.  

It has been widely reported that Koeman is on borrowed time at the Camp Nou. There have been several suggestions that president Laporta has already drawn up a list of potential candidates. 

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And Manchester City boss Guardiola has apparently had a say on who might replace the 58-year-old. According to El Nacional, the Spaniard believes Erik Ten Hag would be the best option.  

Ten Hag is the head coach at Ajax and subscribes to a similar philosophy to legendary Ajax and Barca figure Johan Cruyff.  

Some Barca fans have been concerned about Koeman’s style of football. They produced an incredible 54 crosses against Granada.  

Araujo and Gerard Pique were used as a makeshift forwards as Koeman’s side chased a result.  

The Dutchman has defended the way his team played and pointed to the fact that he has several unavailable players. 

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“It depends on what we have available,” Koeman told reporters after the game.  

“How are we going to play tiki taki [sic] if there is no space? Look at the squad. We did what we have to do. With a bit more time, we would have won.  

“Today’s Barcelona is not the Barca of eight years ago. We play the Barca way, but we don’t have players to play one-on-one or with pace. You can’t be unhappy with the team’s attitude. 

“We played 4-3-3, but we didn’t have pace out wide. Neither Coutinho nor Demir are that player. They’re not Ansu [Fati] or [Ousmane] Dembele, so we have to look for another way.” 

Pressed on his future by LaLiga TV, Koeman snapped back: “I don’t answer any more questions about the future, I cannot win that [discussion]. 

“I’m tired to answer that kind of question. You can leave it, I don’t answer that question.

“We lose two points, we play at home and we need to win. 

“After the bad first two, three minutes, that wasn’t good at all and they scored. You know you are playing against a team who is defending, who is [wasting] time in every second of the game.  

“But we deserve at least one point.”
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