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Barcelona begin defining period for Koeman tomorrow as fans become restive

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Since 2008, Barcelona have always finished in the top two of the La Liga – winning eight of the 12 titles contested during that time. This year they seem to have their work cut out for them though, if they want to continue that excellent run.

Despite Atlético Madrid losing the city derby at the weekend against Real Madrid, Diego Simeone’s side enjoys a lead in the table and look convincing when they take to the field. Barcelona, meanwhile, have been blowing hot and cold – more cold though and lost four of their opening 10 league fixtures, as well as slumping to an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat against Juventus in the Champions League.

After two league matches, Barcelona were sitting at the top of the table after two wins and seven goals scored without conceding one, but since then, things have not been going their way and they are desperate for points to stay in the hunt.

They are facing two important matches this week, as they first take on Real Sociedad tomorrow at 9.00 p.m. and then Valencia on Saturday. As both games are at home, Barça fans are hoping that good results in those matches will kick-start a run that will keep them in the hunt.

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Coach Ronald Koeman said he was confident the club was playing the right system. “We are the team that has created the most opportunities in the league and that’s thanks to the system. We have players like [Lionel] Messi, Pedri and [Antoine] Griezmann. They need space and freedom. And we look for the best for these players with this system.

“We are in a difficult moment at the club, not only on a sporting level. There are many more things. We look for the best in every way.”

I see the squad is keen and wants to improve.

They know where we have to go. You cannot change in two days, you have to work to improve.” 

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