Barcelona started without Ronald Koeman against Elvis on Saturday as they sought to close the gap in La Liga’s top four and restore confidence before Dynamo Kiev’s Champions League trip.
Barca B coach Sergei Barjuan will be in charge of Camp Nou after Koeman’s dismissal was confirmed on Wednesday night following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Rayo Vallecano in Vallecas.
Xavi Hernandez is reportedly set to replace Koeman, but the club’s legendary midfielder is not expected to return before the weekend.
Despite the excitement, with Xavi likely to return to the club, he joined at the age of 11 and left in 2015 long enough to shake up players and fans.
Barjuan oversaw the training on Thursday afternoon, when Barcelona president John Laporta also addressed the squad, explaining the decision to fire Cumen and emphasizing the responsibility to start the recovery now.
“We’re all in the same boat here,” Sergio Biscuits said Wednesday night. “It’s everyone’s fault. For better or worse, we’re a team and we have to show it on the pitch.”
Two wins in seven league games have left Barکاa in ninth place, six points behind Real Bates in fourth place.
The growing real possibility of failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League was a key factor in Koeman’s removal.
A place in the top four will be a top priority for Cuman’s replacement, but the second immediate goal will be to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League this season, after a 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich. Left on An early expulsion.
Barca’s hopes of beating Dynamo 1-0 last week have raised hopes but they will need another victory against bottom-placed Group B in Kiev on Tuesday to give Benfica a realistic chance to overhaul. ۔
It is doubtful that Frankie de Jong, Ronald Araujo and Pedri will face Elvis, who has enjoyed an improvement in form after two consecutive wins over Cadiz and Elche.
Ansu Fatti can return after losing to Rio, to move on with Sergio Aguero.
Real Madrid’s goalless draw at Osasuna’s home on Wednesday was overshadowed by a goalless draw, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side missed a chance to clear two points at the top of the table.
“You think I’m crazy but I like the way we play,” said Ancelotti after being caught by Osasuna.
“The first half, not so much, but in the second half, much better. I have nothing to criticize my players.”
Instead, Madrid are three points behind Real Sociedad, who have lost just one of their first 11 games. They will host a Basque rival athletic club on Sunday.
Third and fourth, Sevilla and Betis will face off next weekend in a much-anticipated Seville derby that should once again be at the top of the table.
Earlier, Sevilla was at home to Osasuna and the Bates are playing in Atletico Madrid, the top five points after a 2-2 draw with Levante on Thursday.
Atletico will face Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield on Wednesday.