Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said again that he was not worried about his future before facing Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
The Cup final represents an opportunity for Barcelona to end their absence from the tournaments since the 2018-2019 season.
After ending last season without tournaments, Barcelona’s hopes of winning the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 ended, while last Saturday it lost to Real Madrid in a top match to finish third in the race to win the league.
“The final is important for the club, the chance to win a title is always a good thing. I never thought about my future. The most important thing is to put all my energy into the team to win a title,” Koeman added.
And local media have speculated that if the season ends without titles, new president Joan Laporta will dispense with Koeman and appoint a new coach to succeed him this summer.
Koeman acknowledged that there was a prospect of winning titles, and also insisted that he had the full support of the club’s board of directors.
“It is strange that questions like these are constantly answered. We haven’t lost in 19 games and now there are questions about my future. You have to accept that even if I don’t like it,” the Dutch coach said.
“There is a year left on my contract and I know what will happen when you lose or win. I spoke with the president and he showed my confidence in me. I don’t think that every time he writes something about a coach the president has to give him confidence.”
“I realize where we are and that we need to win the championships, regardless of anything else.”
Defender Gerard Pique is back in the squad after recovering from injury, while only Philippe Coutinho and Anso Fati will miss Bilbao due to their long-running injuries.