The sacking of Ronald Koeman would be the easiest way out for Barcelona, with Sergio Busquets urging players to take responsibility for their “plight”.
Barcelona suffered a humiliating 3-0 at the hands of Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday, meaning they have lost their first two games of a European campaign for the second time in their history.
Darwin Nunez gave Benfica the lead after just three minutes at the Estadio da Luz and the Uruguayan added a second from the penalty spot after Rafa Silva doubled the Portuguese lead in the second half.
Barça ended the game with 10 men after Eric Garcia received a second yellow card for a foul on Goncalo Ramos. The Catalan giants have lost four of their last five Champions League games, conceding 14 goals in the meantime.
Requests for Koeman to be relieved of his duties are sure to escalate after another disappointing result, but Busquets believes the fault is not his alone.
“It’s the easiest thing in the world of football [to sack the coach], but the responsibility also lies with the players. We are in a critical situation, “Busquets told Movistar.
“We have zero points. You have to think about moving up because there is no other option.
“We have to win both games against Dynamo Kiev and see what the other teams do. There is still a lot [to play for] and we must try to be positive ”.
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Frenkie de Jong made his 100th appearance for Barça in the match against Benfica and despite the shocking defeat he does not think that getting rid of Koeman would change the fortunes of the club.
“I can’t talk about Koeman, he’s not for me. I don’t think changing coaches can solve anything, “he said.
“We are trying everything, working hard in training. We did our best on the pitch but today was not the day, that’s clear.
“We have to keep fighting, stay together, overcome this situation because you only escape from situations like this when you work hard and are united as a team.
“We lost and didn’t score. We are in a very difficult situation. We must continue and look forward “.