Trouble looms at Camp Nou as Barcelona president Laporta 'attacks' manager Koeman amid growing tension

Trouble looms at Camp Nou as Barcelona president Laporta 'attacks' manager Koeman amid growing tension

Oluwatomiwa Babalola
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
  • Barcelona president Joan Laporta has expressed dissatisfaction towards Ronald Koeman's attitudes
  • The Dutchman walked out of his press conference after delivering his pre-prepared speech and avoided taking questions
  • Joan Laporta has now lashed out at the 58-year-old handler amid growing tension between them both

All seems to be unwell with Ronaldo Koeman at Barcelona as tension continues to increase over the future of the Dutch manager.

The Catalans have been terrible since the start of the 2021-22 campaign as they currently occupy the eighth position with eight points after four games before their trip to Cadiz on September 23.

Koeman was said to have approached his pre-match conference in a different dimension after reading a pre-prepared speech to the press and avoiding questions or criticisms in the process.

Trouble looms at Camp Nou as Barcelona president Laporta 'attacks' manager Koeman amid growing tension
Ronald Koeman reacts during Barcelona vs Granada's La Liga clash. Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto
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Barca president Joan Laporta was however furious with the 58-year-old claimed that Koeman’s decision not to field any questions at Wednesday’s press conference was “unnecessary”

The Spanish politician also took a thinly-veiled dig at the Dutchman’s “defeatism” as the relationship between the two further deteriorates.

What Barca president Laporta said

Laporta was quoted by Mirror UK speaking on Koeman’s decision Thursday, saying:

"I think it was not necessary, answering questions you can always explain yourself.
"We found out at the last minute that he wanted to make this statement and well, he has the obligation to attend the press conference and is free to respond or express himself as he considers.
"We respect the coach's decision, but we found out shortly before you (the media), as did the club captains."

Koeman was named as a replacement for Quique Setien by the last board but he hasn't really gotten along well with the president of the La Liga club. Laporta also added that:

"Currently, at the moment, we see that the team is not working as we all expected it would. In this sense we will always act while thinking about Barcelona.
"What I don't like is when you act with a certain defeatism, we cannot allow that from Barcelona.
"We have the team we have, but we can aspire to win La Liga and the players tell me that we have to be optimistic, we have to work, we have to fight every day, because I believe that success is achieved with daily work.

Why Ronald Koeman stormed out of press conference earlier reported that Barcelona boss Ronaldo Koeman demonstrated that he is under serious pressure at Camp Nou after failing to answer any question at the press conference.

The Catalans have been struggling this season in all competitions since Lionel Messi left for Paris Saint-Germain, and the club's fans are not happy with the situation.

Last week, Barcelona suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Champions League against Bayern Munich and even defender Gerard Pique admitted that his side is not the favourites for the title.

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