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If I day comes where I don´t enjoy it, I´ll go and play golf – Koeman reaffirms commitment to Barcel

SoccerNews in La Liga 26 Oct 2021

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Ronald Koeman says he has no intention of stepping down as Barcelona head coach.

Koeman has endured a difficult start to the new season, with Barca ninth in LaLiga and suffering back-to-back Champions League group stage defeats for the first time since 2000-01.

The Catalan side went down 2-1 to Real Madrid on Sunday, Koeman becoming just the second manager to lose all three of his opening El Clasico meetings.

Koeman’s car was mobbed by fans as he left Camp Nou following that defeat to Barca’s fierce rivals.

However, the former Netherlands boss assured that he remains committed to his role as he prepares to take on Rayo Vallecano, who Barca have won their last 13 LaLiga games against.

“I am older in this, I want to enjoy the atmosphere that there was the other day on the field [for El Clasico],” Koeman told reporters at Tuesday’s pre-match news conference.

“I accept the results. I want to enjoy [my time here], if it is eight years, if it is one year and yes if it’s three months.

“There are things as a coach that you don’t like, but I like being with the players, preparing the games, analysing and having to decide is what I like.

“The other day I loved the game, Not the result because it was a Clasico, but the atmosphere. We made merits for another result, we need a little luck.

“These things are the ones I like, and if a day comes when I don’t enjoy it, I’ll go and dedicate myself to playing golf five days a week. I understand that it is a delicate situation, but there is a future in this club.”

Barca are winless in three LaLiga away games, failing to score in their last two trips. They have not gone three consecutive games on the road without scoring since February 2003.

The Blaugrana, however, have won on their past two visits to newly-promoted top-flight teams without conceding a goal and Koeman appreciates the importance of a reaction on Wednesday.

“There is always a need to win, especially after the defeat the other day,” he continued. “The team is able to react well.”

Asked whether he was not enjoying his time with Barca and whether a new coach would withstand the pressure he is under, Koeman responded: “It depends, if the results are good or bad and the team you are in.

“[Madrid boss Carlo] Ancelotti encouraged me, he knows perfectly well about the situation because he has been in great teams.

“I don’t know, it is important to know the situation, be a former player from here and have character if the wind comes against. I am like that and I want to see how far I can go.”

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