THE BALL – “When I was fired we were 8 points behind, but now …” (Barcelona)

Like his vocals, Ronald Koeman returned directly to speak of his departure from Barcelona in late October. In his first public appearance in Spain after his dismissal, the Dutch coach turned to the numbers to say the club was not doing much better, but he asked for support for his successor, Xavi Hernández. The defeat against Rayo Vallecano, after he had also lost in Luz with Benfica, spurred his departure for the 11th round of the league.

“When I left, we were eight points away, but now it’s almost double …,” said the Dutchman at the Barcelona Golf Club, the venue for his name (Koeman Cup), the proceeds of which go to the Johan Cruyff Foundation. .

The loss lifted Barça ninth by 16 points out of a possible 33. Real Madrid were already in the lead, but are now 15 points behind Xavin’s brilliant start.

On arrival, he achieved seven consecutive victories, but now the championship is far away. “I ask for all the support for Xavi. I hope the president will give you all the support I didn’t have. Xavi is a legend in Barça and deserves trust. He is not to blame for what is happening at the club.

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