Koeman sent off in chaotic conclusion to latest Barcelona failure

Ronald Koeman is under pressure at Camp Nou after overseeing poor performances against Bayern Munich and Granada – and the writing is on the wall as tempers boiled over in Barcelona’s latest match

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The writing is on the wall for Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman after watching his 10-man side fail to break down Cadiz in a chaotic end-to-end contest.

The game came to life after a drab first half, with Barca youngster Gavi proving to be another exciting talent after making his debut the age of just 17, making him the club’s second-youngest player in LaLiga history.

But otherwise, the Blaugrana were lacking in inspiration and their evening took a turn for the worse when Frenkie De Jong was shown a red card for two quickfire bookable offences.

Despite having a man fewer than their opponents, Barca took the game to Cadiz and could have won it late on with Memphis Depay blazing wide.

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong was sent off against Cadiz for two quickfire bookable offences

Barca showed signs that tensions were threatening to boil over when Sergio Busquets kicked a spare ball at Cadiz midfielder Calvi while he was preparing to a free-kick.

Unfortunately for the hosts, they put the ball in the net after the referee had blown for the free-kick to be retaken.

And Marc-Andre ter Stegen managed to stop the second attempt as Barca held on for a point, with Philippe Coutinho failing to inspire his side from the bench.

Koeman had already been feeling the heat over his future as Barca head coach after reportedly falling foul of president Joan Laporta.

And the 57-year-old’s situation would not have been helped by the fact he was also dismissed late on by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande, the second time this year after also seeing red against Granada in April.

The Dutchman was sent off late for contesting a decision with the Spanish official in stoppage time as the Catalans made it three games without a win in all competitions.

Ronald Koeman is under pressure at Barcelona following a poor run of recent results

They are already seven points behind league leaders Real Madrid, who thumped Real Mallorca 6-1 on Wednesday to continue their unbeaten start to the season under Carlo Ancelotti.

Barca are also yet to lose in LaLiga under Koeman in the current campaign but, after losing their talisman Lionel Messi this summer, the club look ill-equipped to compete for trophies this season.

They were humiliated 3-0 by Bayern Munich at Camp Nou in the Champions League group stage opener and that defeat was followed by a dismal 1-1 draw at home with Granada.

Koeman was involved in a heated exchange with reporters after the match following questions over his future as the Catalans’ boss.

And in a bizarre incident on Wednesday, Koeman read out a prepared statement via a virtual news conference rather than choosing answer questions from reporters.

Ronald Koeman saw red late on as 10-man Barcelona stuttered to a goalless draw away to Cadiz

“The club is with me in this period of reconstruction,” Koeman told a virtual news conference.

“We have to reconstruct the team as a squad without making big investments and this takes time.

“The young talents we have can become world stars in a couple of years. The young players will have opportunities, just as Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta had in their day, but we ask for patience.

Memphis Depay reacts after missing a late chance for Barcelona against Cadiz

“Finishing high in the table would be a success on its own and in the Champions League we cannot expect miracles.

“The defeat against Bayern should be taken with perspective. The team should be supported, with words and with actions.”

If Barca decide to part ways with Koeman after 13 months in charge, it is understood the club are ready to approach Belgium manager Roberto Martinez to succeed him.

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