The pressure on Ronald Koeman intensified after his 10-man Barcelona side were held to an alarming 0-0 draw by Cadiz at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla on Thursday.
Speculation about the Dutchman’s future has been swarming following a slow start to the LaLiga campaign that had actually seen Barca drop indicate Athletic Bilbao and Granada in their opening four games, while likewise losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Things did not get far better for the Catalan giants in Andalusia as Cadiz comfortably kept them at bay, with their anguish intensified midway through the 2nd half when Frenkie de Jong saw red for two bookable offenses.
Koeman was also dismissed in the closing seconds for his protests throughout a frenzied finish.
A point did a minimum of move Barcelona as much as seventh– 7 points behind leaders Real Madrid, who have played a game more– while Cadiz reached 14th.
FT #CadizBarça 0-0
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While Barca did the majority of the pressing in the early phases, they did not have a shot on target till the 30th minute, Memphis Depay’s weak effort easily conserved by Jeremias Ledesma.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen pawed away Alvaro Negredo’s audacious 25-yard effort instantly after half-time, while Depay miskicked with the goal at his mercy at the other end.
Ledesma pressed away Depay’s drive from outside the penalty area, before Barca’s hopes of getting a positive result were dealt a blow in the 65th minute when De Jong got a second yellow card for following through on Alfonso Espino after initially winning the ball.
Salvi Sanchez wasted a glorious opportunity inside the final 10 minutes, firing versus Ter Stegen after being played in by Espino, with the ball bouncing behind off Ruben Sobrino.
Depay then had an even much better opportunity to take all three points for the visitors deep into interruption time, as the Netherlands international clipped directly wide after a marauding Gerard Pique carried Barca forward.
What does it suggest? Koeman’s time might be up
Speaking ahead of the match, Barca president Joan Laporta insisted Koeman’s task did not depend upon the result of the result, but he did warn that “if choices have to be taken, we will take them”.
That decision might well be nearing after another woeful display screen from a Barca side desperately except concepts, rate and attacking threat. Their task was made harder by the termination of De Jong, though they hardly looked like scoring when they had their full enhance of players.
Busquets quality still on show
While numerous at Barca are relatively losing their heads, Sergio Busquets continues to be a dependably serene presence at the base of the midfield. The Spain international made more successful passes (77) than any player on the pitch, while he acquired possession 8 times– a total not improved by any Barca player.
Demir stops working to shine
Yusuf Demir struggled on simply his 2nd start for Barca. It was little surprise to see the 18-year-old brought off at half-time after an opening 45 minutes that did not herald a single shot or crucial pass.
Both sides are in action again on Sunday, with Barca hosting Levante at what might be a hostile Camp Nou and Cadiz travelling to Rayo Vallecano.