Ronald Koeman has admitted that Barcelona’s disastrous second half against Levante could cost him his job at the Camp Nou.
The Catalans led 2-0 at half time in what was a must-win game to keep their LaLiga Santander title chances alive. They were pegged back at 2-2 before leading again, only to then let that lead slip as well to draw.
“Coaches are always questioned,” Koeman said after the game. “But I understand that, after that second half, there are questions.
“We are disappointed and we’re wondering what happened. We have to move on and prepare for next season.
“As a coach, you’re always responsible. We spoke at half time about improving defensively and not dropping our intensity. We were hopeful, we were 2-0 ahead. You don’t expect to draw from there.”
The Dutchman acknowledged that winning the title is improbable from the position Barcelona now find themselves in, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both ahead of them in the table and with games to play.
“Our aim was to win all three games and hope that the others would lose points,” Koeman said. “But now it’s difficult.
“Games last for 90 minutes and we lost a lot in the second half. They [Levante] caused problems and we didn’t defend well.
“It’s very disappointing. It’s impossible to understand what happened. It’s difficult to explain it.”
Ousmane Dembele played with a lot of defensively responsibility on the night, but ended the evening with a goal and an assist to his name.
“He caused a lot of danger on his wing and he was very good defensively,” Koeman said of the winger. “It was more extreme for him to play at wing-back. His counterattacking was devastating.”