Joan Laporta sends desperate message pleading with Barcelona fans to "keep patience" and "stand by" the team

By Amreen
Joan Laporta has asked for the Barcelona supporters to 'stand by' the team
Joan Laporta has asked for the Barcelona supporters to 'stand by' the team / David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has sent a desperate plea to the club's supporters, asking them to "stand by" the team following their abysmal start to the season.

Barca have made their worst start to a LaLiga season since the 1987-88 campaign, and have won just four of the opening 10 games under Ronald Koeman.

However, Laporta has insisted that the club knows "what needs to be done" but pleaded with the fans to "remain calm" and to "back their team".

"You know we are living difficult moments and these are the moments you need to stand by us," he said. "This week a Barca delegation is going to ‘Palos de la Frontera’ to an act of ‘Penyes’, which coincides with the match in Cadiz.

"In Cadiz, you can be sure that the team will try to win. I do not know what will happen, but no matter what, in the next match against Levante this week keep supporting our team. The team needs it. And try to remain calm, we know what needs to be done and we will solve it. Thank you very much."

Koeman's side were held to a 1-1 draw with Granada at Camp Nou on Monday evening, leaving fans frustrated with Barcelona's form since the start of the season.

Laporta added that he was as disappointed as the fans with the result, but said it was to be expected with the current situation at the club.

He shared a video on his official Twitter account, saying: "I'm as disappointed and upset as all of you are. I need to tell you that what is happening is one of the situations we expected and I ask for your patience and that you continue supporting our club."