Barcelona held by Cadiz as pressure mounts on Ronald Koeman

MADRID, Spain – Barcelona made it three video games with no victory on Thursday as a goalless draw with Cadiz additional weakened Ronald Koeman’s position as coach.

Frenkie de Jong was despatched off within the sixty fifth minute on the Ramon de Carranza stadium however holding on for a draw will earn little credit score for Koeman, who was additionally proven a pink card in injury-time.

Whether Koeman continues to be within the submit for Barca’s sport at residence to Levante on Sunday stays to be seen but it surely seems now to be extra a matter of when the membership can discover a alternative than if he’ll proceed in cost.

“You have to always try to win each game, but you have to be realistic, you have to see the squad we have, the people we’re missing,” mentioned Koeman.

Barcelona are already seven factors behind La Liga’s early leaders Real Madrid, albeit having performed a sport fewer, to go together with a poor begin within the Champions League after final week’s 3-0 opening defeat by Bayern Munich.

A 1-1 draw with Granada on Monday did little to spice up morale, with Koeman coming in for heavy criticism after ending the sport with central defenders Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo up entrance.

Disappointment with the crew’s fashion and doubts round his future prompted a defiant response from Koeman in a press convention on Wednesday.

He refused to answer questions, as a substitute studying out a press release that requested for endurance and insisted the method of rebuilding the crew “deserved unconditional support”.

After the match, Koeman mentioned: “He was in the hotel and we said hello before the match. I’m sure there will be more days to talk if the club wants to talk.”

Koeman began with 17-year-old Gavi in midfield and 18-year-old Yusuf Demir within the entrance three, whereas the much-maligned Luuk de Jong continued down the center.

The first half was virtually solely forgettable, with neither crew able to creating an actual likelihood and a weak shot from Memphis Depay the closest Barcelona got here to a purpose.

Alvaro Negredo’s shot with the surface of his foot drew a very good save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen early within the second interval whereas Luuk de Jong curved a unbelievable cross to the again submit however Depay miskicked his end.

Barcelona have been gaining in confidence however two yellow playing cards from Frenkie de Jong in 4 minutes checked their momentum.

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De Jong was booked for the primary time within the 61st minute for throwing again an arm into Alberto Perea after which for a second time within the sixty fifth, as a careless contact pressured him to slip on the stretch, even he flicked the ball away from Alfonso Espino first.

VAR would certainly have spared De Jong but it surely couldn’t intervene over a second reserving.

Cadiz sensed a possibility and will have scored with 10 minutes left when Espino slipped in Salvi however Ter Stegen got here to the rescue, blocking the end together with his legs.

The sport turned wild within the last minutes as the ball flew from one finish to the opposite.

Philippe Coutinho spurned a late free-kick, Salvi’s close-range end was blocked and as the clock ticked into the 94th minute, Depay fired simply large of the far submit.

In the insanity, Koeman was proven a pink card as nicely, the Dutchman smiling on the last whistle with a face of disbelief.

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