Monday, August 15, 2022

Koeman under pressure as Atletico Madrid sink Barcelona

Last season La Liga winners Atletico continued their impressive run of the season by beating rivals Barcelona pilling more pressure on Ronald Koeman.

The host took the lead through Thomas Lemar who completed an incredible move between Suarez and Joao Felix early in the first half of the clash.

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The former Barcelona talisman got himself in the scoresheet when he calmly controlled the ball to beat his former goalkeeper at the far end of he net. He however did not celebrate the goal opting to show his respect.

It was undoubtedly the continuation of another misery filled run for Barcelona who are out of the Champions League at group stages. The loss also leaves them 9th in the table with 12 points from 7 matches played.

Atletico Madrid moved level on points with league leaders Real Madrid with 17 points who will widen the gap on Sunday if they win their fixture against Espanyol.

Pressure is also mounting on Barcelona President Laporta who backed the leadership of Ronald Koeman and even urged fans to get his behind at a time when rumors linked several other managers to the Spanish job.

“I spoke directly with Koeman in the last hours and I decided for him to stay. Ronald loves Barcelona, he trusts this team – I’m sure he can do his best to change the situation. The relationship is good & I ask the fans to support him as Koeman is culé” Said Laporta.

Koeman through a statement confirmed the support he is receiving from the club and the President as he admitted that it is the results that matter at the end of the day.

“Do I feel supported? Yes, now, yes. You can feel that there is a feeling with the president Laporta and he sees the situation as he explained. But you always depend on the results, which is the case for any coach” Said Koeman

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Alex Kiprop
News Moto sports correspondent. Catch up the latest results when they happen and as they happen, locally and international

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