– Ernesto Valverde has been charged to improve Barcelona’s performances
– The Catalans were held to a goalless draw by Spavia Praha in the Champions League this week
– Barca chiefs however want him to step up or lose his job at the club
Barcelona were held to a goalless draw in their Champions League clash against Slavia Praha at the Camp Nou earlier this week.
The draw came on the back of their 3-1 defeat to Levante in a Spanish League encounter last weekend.
This however means that the Catalans have endured their worst start to the season in over twenty years.
Barca have dropped as much as eleven points so far this term – winning just two away games in all competitions.
Daily Star however reports that the Catalans chiefs have told the manager to improve his team’s performance in all competitions.
Although, they are not under pressure to sack the manager, they have however informed him to up his game.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has not given up on the coach, but recent events about the team is giving the administrator growing concern.
He added that if the results remain the same, the board might review the performance of the 55-year-old’s position at the club.
Valverde has tricky fixtures in all competitions in the next few weeks and the results will determine if he stays or leaves.
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His side will face Celta Vigo, FC Cartagena, Leganes, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid in both the Champions League and La Liga.
Meanwhile, former Everton and Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has been positioned to take over from the 55-year-old.
“It’s only about Barcelona and also about a time after the European Championship,” Koeman told Fox Sports Netherlands when asked about a clause in his contract that would allow him to take the Barcelona job.
“I’m not leaving now, that’s 100 per cent certain. “I think that as a national coach you are entering a process and that takes two years.
“After the European Championship there is an evaluation moment and who knows, the KNVB may say:
“We have performed so badly at the European Championship, we are not going any further.’ Then we will not go further. “But I have the opportunity to leave for one club, and there is only one club in it.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Spanish champions Barcelona on continued with their unbeaten run this season in the Champions League despite been forced to goalless draw by Slavia Prague.
This will be the second point the Czech professional football club will be getting this term in the Champions League and it was an incredible result for them.
Barcelona began the match on an impressive note with Jordi Alba setting up Ousmane Dembele in the third minutes, but the Frenchman failed to beat goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar.
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