Koeman dodges questions on Barca future

21 September 2021 19:32:48 GMTPlus11
Barcelona have made a sluggish start to the season

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is refusing to get drawn into speculation about his future after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Granada at Camp Nou on Monday.

Barca are 4/9 to win at Cadiz on Thursday, when their opponents are 6/1 to take three points while the draw is available at 7/2.

Late reprieve required

They were stung by a second-minute opener by Domingo Duarte and needed an equaliser from Ronald Araujo in the last minute to gain a share of the spoils.

That maintained their unbeaten start to the league season but they have drawn two of their four games and already have five points to make up on leaders Atletico Madrid.

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They were also served a lesson by Bayern Munich when they suffered a 3-0 home defeat in their opening Champions League group game and, after a turbulent summer that saw the departure of legend Lionel Messi to Paris St-Germain, the clock seems to be ticking for Koeman.

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The former Barcelona defender will see his contract at the club expire in the summer and there has been no indication as to whether it will be renewed.

Koeman claimed he had eight or nine players unavailable through injury and was forced to use defender Gerard Pique as an emergency striker when he came on as a late substitute.

Focused on football

Koeman said: "I don’t answer any more questions about the future, I cannot win that discussion.

"We did not create a lot because there was not that space to play short.

"Finally we played with more people in front with crosses, we scored one and then missed a big opportunity to win the game.

"That was the attitude that we had to show the people and the crowd was pushing us to win the match."

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