Ronald Koeman happy to retain backing of Barca president Joan Laporta

Under-fire boss Ronald Koeman insists there is ‘clarity’ between him and Barcelona president Joan Laporta after he was assured of his Nou Camp future just hours before Atletico Madrid defeat extended their slump

  • Barca president Joan Laporta says club has no intention of sacking Koeman
  • Dutchman said he would have preferred vote of confidence to come earlier
  • Barcelona dropped to ninth in LaLiga after losing 2-0 against Atletico Madrid 
  • Catalans were trounced 3-0 by Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday 

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has welcomed president Joan Laporta’s comments that he has no intention of sacking him, but has admitted he would have preferred to hear it sooner.

After Barcelona were beaten 2-0 by Atletico Madrid, Koeman was asked about Laporta’s comment earlier in the day that the Dutch coach deserved to be given time.

Koeman said: ‘We spoke last night and this morning. We have spoken about the squad and there is clarity.’

Barca boss Ronald Koeman retains the club’s backing despite a dismal start to the season 

The Dutchman watched from the stands as Barca lost 2-0 to Atletico Madrid on Saturday night

But asked if the vote of confidence could have come sooner he added: ‘Yes that could be. But I’m grateful that it’s been said. It’s never too late.’

Asked about the defeat to Atletico Madrid Koeman said: ‘I’m upset at the result because I think we played well apart from some isolated errors. 

‘You have to follow the runners from midfield. We had spoken about that.

‘We had chances with [Philippe] Coutinho but we are missing players who open the pitch up for us. There are solution but not over night.’

Luis Suarez came back to haunt his former team as Atletico moved joint top of the standings

Uruguayan striker Suarez (C) joined Atletico last year after spending six seasons at Barcelona 

Regarding his long-term future Koeman suggested he had urged Laporta to back him publicly. 

He said: ‘I thought that it would be good to have clarity. But I know results always decide. We have to win our three home games after the international break.

‘I believe that I can improve the situation. We are missing important players. All I have been able to do is get the best of the players we have had available.’

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