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Koeman: Barcelona are worse now and haven’t improved under Xavi

Former Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman has taken a dig a new coach, Xavi Hernandez and club president, Joan Laporta as he talks about his time a the club.

The Dutchman insisted he could write a book in everything that went wrong during his time at the club.

Koeman insisted he never really received adequate support from the Board and also said Barcelona have not improved its stats under Xavi.

Koeman was fired after series of consecutive poor performances leaving the club languishing in ninth place but eight points behind leaders madrid.

After Xavi took over, he’s brought back the club’s identity and they’re now second but are fifteen points behind league leaders.

Koeman finished at third position during his full season in charge but his time was foreshadowed with so many off field issues.

Covid restrictions, lack of club president, financial fair play issues amongst others. He said

“I can write a book [about my time at Barca]. Many things happened to us,” Koeman told a news conference.

“Covid issue, lack of president for a while, I had to answer all kinds of questions, not being able to sign the players we wanted, [financial] fair play complications, without Leo Messi from one day to another, losing [Antoine] Griezmann on the last day of the market.”

Koeman then took a slight dig at Xavi whilst also trying to defend the blaugrana legend. He insisted Xavi hasn’t done any spectacular job but hopes he gets the support he didn’t.

He said

“Sure, they have improved in some things. They have signed three strikers or three players who can play up front,” he said.

“It is not good to compare. When I left, Barcelona was eight points away and now almost double. It is not good to compare.

“Xavi’s task It’s just as complicated as me. This is the reality of Barcelona today. It needs time to return to what it was and, therefore, I ask for peace of mind and not to think that we haven’t won titles. We have to think long-term, trust and support the coach.”

He went of to make comments about his relationship with club president, Joan Laporta. He said

Asked about his relationship with Laporta, Koeman said: “I have not spoken much out of respect for the club. It is not good that I have to answer questions of this kind every time.

“I have felt, in other clubs, especially in two years as a coach, that we know exactly the risk of being a coach: If things don’t work as the club thinks, they can kick you out.

“But, for me, the president left doubts. Off the record [he] said ‘I don’t know if he continues, we have doubts. It’s not good’.

“We have to speak clearly in private, but defend the coach in public. If you don’t support your coach, it’s even more complicated.”

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