Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has dismissed issues concerning the membership’s present state of affairs, insisting issues have been blown out of proportion.
After a summer time stuffed with tales about their monetary woes, Barcelona have endured a tumultuous begin to the season. They sit ninth in La Liga after a run of two wins in simply six video games, whereas they’ve additionally fallen 3-0 in each of their Champions League group video games up to now.
It is a run of type which has ramped up the strain on the gamers and supervisor Ronald Koeman, whose job at Camp Nou was hanging by a thread earlier than a late change of coronary heart by president Joan Laporta.
Regardless of all of the turmoil, De Jong was adamant that issues are literally not as unhealthy as they’re being made out to be.
“Calling Barcelona a sinking ship is simply too far, it is exaggerated loads, we aren’t in a gap,” De Jong stated (by way of De Volkskrant).
“The outcomes are unhealthy, no one can ignore that. You discover that there’s a unfavourable feeling on the membership, however that is sensible when you’ve such unhealthy outcomes at a membership like Barcelona. The outcomes drive me loopy however what occurs round them doesn’t.
“It is good that we’re on a break now. Once we return to Barcelona after the internationals, I believe normality might return. Folks exaggerate after they say that the season is already misplaced. Certain, we do not have as many factors as Actual Madrid or Atletico, however we nonetheless have 30 video games to play, so nothing has been misplaced. In any respect.
“We’ve got an excellent squad, particularly when the injured gamers come again. These factors we now have misplaced up to now, it isn’t good, however individuals are exaggerating enormously. In La Liga, all the things remains to be doable. We began the Champions League very badly as nicely, however nothing has been misplaced there both.”
De Jong additionally took the prospect to debate the strain on Koeman, who was anticipated to be sacked earlier than the worldwide break earlier than a sudden U-turn from Laporta.
“It is relentless,” he admitted. “There’s numerous strain on the supervisor. Each day there have been messages, ‘Koeman’s days are numbered. He‘s going to return. He‘s going to exchange him’. I could not let you know what that does to him. You’d need to ask him.”