La Liga 'lacking star player' after Messi's Barcelona exit
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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is under huge pressure after his side’s poor start to the new season. Their recent 1-1 draw at home to Granada – with Barca’s equaliser coming in the 90th minute – has pushed Koeman further to the exit doors at the Camp Nou.
Having been appointed just two years ago, Koeman won a Copa del Rey in his first season as manager, but last season’s inability to win the league and an extremely poor transfer recruitment policy has deterred fans.
There have been numerous links with the job should Koeman go.
Erik ten Hag, Xavi, Patrick Kluivert and even Antonio Conte have been mentioned as potential replacements, but Laporta continues to stick with his man.
And there have been many more linked in recent days – including Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Though that appointment is extremely unrealistic, it shows the type of project that the Blaugrana are trying to undergo.
But a club which has tasted success so often this century cannot afford to sit still and allow mediocrity to creep in.
Another man who has been linked with the job is Catalonia-born Roberto Martinez, who is currently the manager of Belgium.
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Being renowned for his attacking style of football, many believe Martinez is a perfect fit for the job, although he refutes these claims as ‘just rumours’.
“Well as you can imagine there is nothing, nothing to comment for me,” he told Eurosport.
“Obviously rumours, they are always there, it’s normal in football.
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“When you lose three games the rumours are that you are going to lose your job.
“When things are going well, you are doing good results, the rumours will always be there, but it’s nothing for me to comment on at this point.”
Barca look to return to winning ways with a win at Cadiz on Thursday evening.
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