Barcelona chief Joan Laporta has four reasons to sack Ronald Koeman ahead of Granada clash

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Barcelona go into their match against Granada on Monday as a club in crisis. Tuesday night’s 3-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich has increased the pressure on Ronald Koeman, with Joan Laporta forced into releasing a statement in the aftermath. So Express Sport now takes a look at four reasons the Catalan giants have for relieving the Dutchman of his duties.

Too defensive

Barcelona are no longer the swashbuckling team of old.

Instead, Koeman has made them extremely pragmatic. His team selection against Bayern Munich, when he went with five at the back, was proof of that.

At some teams, you can win ugly and get away with it. But Barcelona isn’t one of those.

Defensive football saw Quique Setien rightly criticised and Koeman’s style isn’t too dissimilar, even if it sometimes yields positive results.

For a club who enjoyed what Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde had to offer over the past decade, Koeman’s design is dire in comparison.

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Bad results

Then, there’s the results.

Barcelona now go into every match against the big teams as underdogs. And that’s because they never seem to turn it on anymore.

Take the Champions League, for example. When Koeman has gone up against the likes of Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain, his side have been easily outplayed.

They failed to win La Liga last term, too, despite still having Lionel Messi at their disposal.

So with their record not good enough, that gives Laporta another reason to wield the axe.


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Poor signings

Barcelona’s signings under Koeman have been questionable, even if their financial situation has forced his hand.

Miralem Pjanic was a disaster after arriving from Juventus, while Francisco Trincao spending the season on loan at Wolves speaks volumes.

Then, this summer, the decision to land Luuk de Jong on deadline day was utterly baffling.

They’ve signed a crock in Sergio Aguero, who is yet to play for the club, and Eric Garcia is no upgrade on Samuel Umtiti.

Barcelona have splurged millions and, while that’s mainly the board’s fault, Koeman has failed to get the best from his new acquisitions.

Antonio Conte is available

Antonio Conte is one of the best managers on the planet.

And that’s because he improves every team he has, regardless of the personnel he has at his disposal.

Conte took over at Juventus and transformed the club, before doing the same with Chelsea and Inter Milan.

The fact he’s available means Barcelona have a golden opportunity to strike.

And he’d be a substantial upgrade on Koeman, whose managerial record is mixed to say the least.

Laporta’s call for patience

Speaking after the defeat to Bayern on Tuesday, Laporta pleaded with supporters to show patience amid their struggles.

“I’m as disappointed and upset as all of you are,” he said.

“I need to tell you that what is happening is one of the situations we expected and I ask for your patience and that you continue supporting our club.”

Next up for Barcelona is Granada.

And defeat could see Laporta pull the trigger on Koeman’s reign.

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