Ronald Koeman to continue as Barcelona head coach

Ronald Koeman will remain as Barcelona manager and “deserves a margin of confidence”, club president Joan Laporta has said.

Dutchman Koeman was reportedly on the brink of being sacked after Barca lost their first two Champions League games and are struggling in La Liga.

Barcelona visit reigning champions Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

“Koeman will continue as Barca coach. He has the benefit of the doubt regardless of today’s result,” Laporta said.

“We understand that he deserves a bit of margin for many reasons.”

“He’s a Barca fan and legend for fans all over the world.

“He’ll stay on and deserves a margin of confidence.”

“He loves Barca and decided to come here in a really tough time both institutionally and on a sporting front.”

“After talking to him, I can see he’s got faith in the team.”

“We spoke and it’s not true that we’ve got a tense relationship – it’s good and honest.”

“I think we both think the same, to turn things round.”

Speaking on Friday, Ronald Koeman said he was “fed up” with having to defend himself.

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