“I’m feeling fine, even though I’m not happy with how we are doing this season in the league.”
These are the words of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, who insists that the players are behind him despite the poor results.
Barcelona will be eager to return to winning ways at home to Levante in La Liga on Sunday.
The Spanish giants fell 12 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with last week’s shock 2-1 defeat by Cadiz before losing 3-0 at home to Juventus to surrender top spot in their Champions League group and finish second for the first time since 2007.
“We’re trying to get the best out of the team while using lots of young players,” said Koeman on Saturday.
“I feel comfortable but of course I’m worried about the results and we’re trying to improve them and I believe we have to stand up and be counted in our next few games after the recent results we’ve had.”
Koeman, fiercely critical of the players after the Cadiz game, defended his up-front approach.
“I always try to respect the players but we’re at a club where you have to speak frankly,” he said.
“I speak to the players before I speak in press conferences and if they were unhappy with me they would have told me. Some stories have come out that they are unhappy with my formation and that was a lie.
“If I didn’t have the confidence of the players I wouldn’t be able to work. But I don’t need anyone’s support. In a big side when results don’t go how you expect them to the number one person responsible is always the coach.”
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By FARPost Reporter