Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona tenure continues to descend into farce, with fresh footage appearing to show even his coaches have been left baffled by his tactical decisions.
It now appears a matter of when, rather than if, Koeman will be relieved of his duties after a wretched start to the new season.
Back-to-back 3-0 defeats in the Champions League have been the lowlights of their season, but their LaLiga form also leaves a lot to be desired, finding themselves ninth in the table going into the latest international break.
The pressure was already intense going into last weekend’s clash with Atletico Madrid, but that only increased after a 2-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Reports claim that Barcelona president Joan Laporta is laying the groundwork for him to dismiss the Dutchman, with potential replacements already being lined up.
Koeman’s relationship with the president and the majority of supporters already looks beyond repair, with splinters now beginning to show themselves within his squad.
During the defeat to Atleti, Jordi Alba was seen warming up on the sidelines, seemingly with the instruction that he would soon be called upon.
But with Koeman in the stands next to technical director Jordi Cruyff, it was left to assistant coach Henrik Larsson and goalkeeping coach Jose De la Fuente to relay the news he wouldn’t be required.
Alba is then spotted looking perplexed on the bench, asking the two coaches on the bench “why don’t you put me on?”.
But it appears Larsson and De la Fuente were just as confused as the Spanish full-back, both alluding to the fact that the decision had come from up above.
Meanwhile, Miralem Pjanic, who was benched by Koeman last season, before loaning him out to Besiktas has taken aim at the under-fire boss.
“[Barcelona] are going through difficult times,” Pjanic told beIN SPORTS . “The results are not going as the fans want, which puts pressure on the players.
“Maybe a good leader is needed to get the team back on its feet. Barcelona will return to the past, but it will take some time.
“Barca are always one of the four or five biggest clubs in the world and they will go back to the old days.”