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Joan Laporta publicly backed under-fire Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman prior to Atletico loss

By Amreen
Koeman is under fire for Barca's recent results
Koeman is under fire for Barca's recent results / Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

Joan Laporta has publicly backed under-fire Barcelona boss, claiming he has the board's "full support" and will not be sacked any time soon.

Barca have made a dreadful start to the 2021/22 season, with poor results in LaLiga and the Champions League leading to rumours that the Dutchman might be facing the sack soon. But Laporta has insisted that Koeman deserves time to prove himself.

Speaking ahead of Saturday night's loss to Atletico Madrid, Laport said: "Ronald Koeman will continue as the coach of Barca, he deserves a margin of confidence. Koeman is a cule and a reference point for Barcelona.

“I have spoken with him and I have drawn my conclusions. I really appreciate that he is leading Barca at a time of difficulty.”

He added: “When our injured players recover, we will have more of an edge. [Koeman] has had moments of discouragement but he has recovered his spirit and now that our injured players are recovering, he deserves to have time and our confidence.”

Laporta was also questioned about his disagreements with Koeman, but insisted that they have been for the greater good.

“It has been said that we have a cold relationship and that is not true,” Laporta asserted. “We have a good, sincere relationship. He is a good person and I believe that he thinks the same of me. We are all trying to make things happen for the better.”