Still, the Dutchman remains confident that things will change. The Blaugrana host Levante at Camp Nou on Sunday night and are in ninth place in the table, 12 points behind Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

Ronald Koeman has the confidence of the players

Questions have been asked about Ronald Koeman’s position as Barcelona coach following some awkward results in LaLiga, followed by a 3-0 home defeat to Juventus in the Champions League. Still, the Dutchman remains confident that things will change. The Blaugrana host Levante at Camp Nou on Sunday night and are in ninth place in the table, 12 points behind Liga leaders Atletico Madrid. “If I didn’t have the confidence of the players, I couldn’t work,” Koeman said during Saturday’s pre-match press conference. “I feel comfortable. Of course, I’m worried about the trajectory. We are trying to improve, and there is time to react.” One aspect of Barcelona’s play that needs to be considered in the eyes of Koeman is defence. “In the last two games, we created chances, but we lost,” he explained.

The Dutchman looks for the best eleven

“We need to improve in defence, but I’m not obsessed with that either. Many mistakes are individual; penalties, corners. Against Juventus, we came out badly and allowed ourselves to be dominated. But in the Champions League, we got 15 points out of 18.” Many Barcelona fans are urging Riqui Puig to get more minutes, especially after showing what he can do in a cameo appearance from the bench against Juventus. “He has appeared in the last few games,” said Koeman. “The team that I form depends on the performance of the players. I’m looking for the best eleven. Let’s see what happens tomorrow. I wouldn’t say I like focusing on one player. The coach analyzes the system, the players. And based on this analysis, he brings the team together. There are over 20 players. If the player isn’t there, it’s because of something.”

The Madrid derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will take place on Saturday night, and Koeman has legitimized who he would like to win. “First we have to win our match,” he said. “If we win after seeing the table, it would be better for Atlético to lose to close the distance. But we shouldn’t be obsessed with other games.” When asked if he had a message for Barcelona fans after this tough run, the Dutchman laid bare the club’s troubles. “It is difficult for the fans because they are used to winning games and trophies,” explained Koeman. “And we lost against Cadiz… But we are in transition, and many variables affect it: economic difficulties, there are elections.”