Ronald Koeman: Barcelona boss 'fed up' with defending himself

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Koeman had a great career as a Barcelona player, but struggled as a manager.

Ronald Koeman, a Barcelona manager under pressure, says he's tired of having to defend himself.

According to reports, the Dutchman could be fired after Barca's defeat in the Champions League and is currently struggling in La Liga.

Koeman is still uncertain about his future at Nou Camp, even though he will be traveling to Atletico Madrid, the reigning champions.

He said, "Nobody has ever said anything to me," on Friday.

"The president, Jean Laporta, was present but I haven’t seen him since we were preparing to play tomorrow's game.

"I am still here but I have eyes, ears and a lot more filter through.

"I'm tired of being forced to defend myself. It makes no sense. It's not the right time today, but I would love to speak one day about my thoughts on all of this."

The former coach of Everton and the Netherlands refused to answer questions about his relationship with Laporta. He simply said, "I am still here."

Since March, when Laporta was elected club president, relations between the two have been fraught - bordering upon toxic.

After the departure of Lionel Messi as club legend, the Catalan side has been struggling to adapt. They lost 3-0 to Benfica in Champions League midweek. Now, they are sixth in La Liga and five points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Guillem Balague, a Spanish football expert, told BBC Sport on Thursday that Koeman's sacking is only a matter "just a matter"

Balague stated that Timing is crucial, not only in order to eliminate Koeman but also in order to put together a plan.

Koeman, Barcelona’s match-winner in the 1992 European Cup final as a player, is keen to concentrate on Saturday's game.

He said, "I'm not the most important." A positive outcome is more important than one person. Everybody knows that I'm here because of my love for the club. "I came into a very difficult situation."

Koeman answered a journalist's question about his greatest and worst moments as a manager of the club, stating that "The best moment" was his first year in charge. When I signed to be Barca coach. What was the worst moment? The moment Messi was fired."