Ronald Koeman takes aim at Barcelona board after Rayo Vallecano loss ups sack pressure

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has taken aim at the club’s board and lamented the failure to improve his squad after yet another cutting LaLiga defeat. Koeman’s side followed up their El Clasico loss against Real Madrid with a reverse against Rayo Vallecano, leaving the Dutchman fighting to keep his job. 

Barca sunk to new lows on Wednesday night as they were beaten 1-0 by Rayo Vallecano. It comes just three days after they were defeated 2-1 by fierce rivals Real. 

Radamel Falcao scored the only goal of the game to lift Vallecano up to fifth. Barca have slid down the table to ninth and now face a challenge to even qualify for the Europa League positions. 

This was the Blaugrana’s third LaLiga defeat of the season, leaving Koeman under mounting pressure to improve results.  

Koeman has now taken aim at the club’s directors over the lack of transfer activity as he blamed a lack of signings for their struggles. The Spanish giants had problems registering new players due to financial mismanagement and mainly brought players in on free transfers such as Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero. 

LaLiga rules dictate that clubs can spend no more than 75 per cent of their turnover on wages. It meant that the likes of Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique had to accept wage cuts for new players to be registered. 

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“Bad luck, injuries, are excuses. We have shown that we are at a good level, but it is not enough.” 

Koeman continued: “We have players who can score goals. I can’t complain about the team. It has been difficult for us to enter the game. Looking at the opportunities we have had, the result is not fair. 

“I think the first 15 minutes we had problems entering the game, but from there we have controlled. We have had opportunities and that is good, but only if we specify. 

“Packing would have given us morale, because we felt superior but we have not marked. More doubts come in than normal.” 

Midfielder Busquets accepted the blame for Vallecano’s winner.  

“We have had occasions, a penalty and arrivals, but we lack a little of everything,” the Spaniard said. 

“On a general level we don’t make bad games, but the one that comes first costs everything a lot. I fall asleep and my wallet is stolen. It’s a mistake entirely mine.  

“There are many things that in the end make the opponent come up. Here we are all in the same boat and everyone is to blame.  

“For the good and for the bad we are a team and we have to prove it whether you win or lose it.”

Reports in Spain claim Koeman is now likely to be fired in the coming weeks and could even be axed tonight as the board consider his position.

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