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Ronald Koeman had to deal with a ‘mole’ in the Barcelona dressing room

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Over the years, Barcelona has made a reputation for several things in the footballing world. Among the beautiful football, the legendary La Masia academy, boasting of the G.O.A.T., controversies within the dressing room and administration have come to light as being trademark of the the club.

Starting right from the BarçaGate scandal to the media spewing reports about the club having a hierarchy, Barcelona are still suffering from issues on a personal level which should not be associated with the club. To the dismay of fans, yet another issue has come to light surrounding dressing room controversies, no less than two days after the Lionel Messi contract scandal.

In an interview with The Sun, Ronald Koeman’s brother, Erwin Koeman admitted that the Barcelona head coach had to deal with the presence of a traitor in the lineup who was leaking information about line-ups ahead of matches.

“During the first months, someone from the locker room leaked the line-ups, but Ronald solved it,” Erwin said. He then continued to speak about the tensions that have surrounded his brother, comparing the job to the Netherlands national team: “He has a certain tension, more than the one he had with the Dutch team because Barca is not like working with the national team once every three months.

In the past, it has been reported that Koeman had labelled Riqui Puig as a leaker after information surrounding his exclusion from the team early on in the season was leaked to the Spanish media well ahead of any press conference or an official confirmation.

Ronald Koeman has worked his way into deploying the 4-3-3 at Barcelona after initially using a 4-2-3-1 which did not work according to plan. While he is far from the ideal candidate, recent improvement suggests that he is totally committed to the cause. “He is totally focused on Barca,” Erwin confirmed.

“And it’s the only thing he thinks about. We are in touch and we talk about the club, the players and the family. And sometimes I advise him.”

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