Koeman calls quitting Barcelona ‘crazy’ talk

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has scoffed at suggestions that he should consider his future at the club, despite the embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Lionel Messi gave Barca a first-half lead from the penalty spot at Camp Nou but PSG, inspired by a Kylian Mbappe hat trick and a Moise Keane header, fought back to take a three-goal advantage going into the second leg.

The defeat leaves Barca on the cusp of a second successive trophy-less season.

“If I was someone who gets happy when we win and then after a result like today said I had no desire to continue, that would be crazy,” Koeman said in a news conference when asked if the manner of the defeat would force him to consider stepping down.

“I know where I am and what we have to change. We’re trying. We’re not at the end of the path yet, we’re halfway down it,” he said.

It’s the fourth time in as many seasons that Barca have suffered a heavy defeat in the Champions League following similar losses to Roma, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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