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Koeman says Barcelona must win next three games after Atletico defeat

The coach has been backed by Joan Laporta

Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman says Barcelona must win their next three games after losing 2-0 to Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

It’s a first league defeat of the season for the Catalan giants and came courtesy of goals from Thomas Lemar and former Barca star Luis Suarez.

Valencia, Dynamo Kiev, and Real Madrid are up next for the Catalan giants after the international break and Koeman wants maximum points from every match.

“I spoke to the president yesterday, this morning too. We’ve been discussing things about the team, the staff, the club. Things have become clearer now. The message will help calm things down,” he said.

“Laporta called me last night and we were talking. At least there is clarity in this aspect. After the break there are three games we have to win.

“Laporta’s support is important, if we don’t have everything clear; then it is difficult to have a peaceful mind and the patience to work. It’s the best for everyone, now like any coach we must demand results.”

There had been speculation Koeman would be fired after Saturday’s result but president Joan Laporta confirmed before the match the Dutchman would be staying on.

However, if Koeman can’t turn results and performance around quickly, particularly when his injured players return, then speculation regarding an exit will surely persist.

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