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Barcelona have no plans to sack Koeman despite Rayo Vallecano defeat

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Barcelona’s season continues to go from bad to worse as they lost their second La Liga game in a row on Wednesday night. Having been beaten by Real Madrid in a Clasico over the weekend, the Catalans succumbed to a shock 1-0 loss to newly-promoted club Rayo Vallecano.

It was yet another so-so performance from the Blaugrana as they lacked the killer instinct in front of goal while also being susceptible in defence. A first-half strike from former Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao was enough for Andoni Iraola’s men to hand Ronald Koeman & co. yet another bitter defeat.

Barcelona did have chances to make their way into the game but lacked the clinical edge while Memphis Depay even fluffed a penalty in the second period.

The outcome of the contest means the calls for Koeman’s head are going to get stronger again. After all, Barcelona are ninth in the La Liga standings at the moment, six points off the top of the table.

In spite of the club’s sorry plight, the Barcelona board will not be taking any action to remove the manager from his post, a report from SPORT claims. The club president Joan Laporta had given his backing to the Dutchman after the game against Atletico Madrid and it seems like the consecutive defeats to Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano have done little to change his stance.

While concerns continue to grow within the boardroom, the report states that Barcelona have no intentions of dismissing the 58-year-old head coach, at least in the short term.

The Blaugrana will come up against a relegation-battling Deportivo Alaves outfit on Saturday before facing Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League. Similar results in those fixtures will turn up the heat on the gaffer while the pressure will also mount on the board to take decisive action.

For now, however, Koeman will continue as the manager of Barcelona.

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