Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has claimed that he has been ‘mistreated’ by the media amid rumours that he could be sacked by the club.
The Dutchman – who was appointed at the Camp Nou last summer – has one year remaining on his contract but there have been suggestions that he will be replaced in the role this summer.
Despite guiding his side to this season’s Copa del Rey title, the Blaugrana’s title challenge has fallen away in recent weeks.
The Catalan giants recently fell to a shock home defeat against Granada, while they were also held by La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid and blew a two-goal advantage at Levante this week to drop another two points.
Koeman’s side are just four points off the top of the table going into the final two rounds of fixtures but their chances of a title have virtually disappeared.
Two more points for Atletico – who have a superior head-to-head record – would mean Barca cannot catch them, while Real Madrid require just four points from their remaining two games to make their lead over the Blaugrana unassailable.
Their domestic disappointment has been coupled with an underwhelming performance in Europe this season, as they were eliminated 5-2 on aggregate by Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16.
That has re-directed focus on Koeman’s future – the former Netherlands boss was appointed by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu last summer and with the newly-elected Joan Laporta now at the helm, a change in direction may happen.
Koeman told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Saturday ahead of facing Celta Vigo, as per ESPN: “Yes, I feel a little bit mistreated in the last two weeks because you have to analyse the whole season.
“And if I heard the media in the last few days, it looks like we did a really bad job and I don’t agree.”