The 58-year-old coach is doubtful over his future at Camp Nou.
Barcelona will play against Eibar in the finalLa Liga
fixture tomorrow evening. Following a sensational post-Christmas run of form, the Blaugrana were within a whisker of the title when Lionel Messi returned from an extended break back home in Argentina and struck a kick. Yet they've been short when it's really counted.
Barcelona lost points in vital games against Granada, Atletico Madrid, Levante, and Celta Vigo in the final stretch, squandering any lead and leaving the final-day fight to Atletico and Real Madrid. Roji Blancos has the upper hand, and if they defeat Real Valladolid, they will win their second title under Diego Simeone; every blunder by Los Blancos will be great for Atleti.
"We're looking to play the best game possible, even though the only thing we can do is win," Ronald Koeman said pre-game in comments carried byMarca
. "It's the last one, and I'd like us to finish the season with a win."
The Dutchman is under a lot of scrutinies. After his appointment last summer, he'd always looked like a stopgap measure. But his strong form, along with his
Copa del Rey
win, made it seem as if he was going to stay, just for Barcelona's pivotally bad stretch of form to jeopardize the notion.
"I really don't know if I'm going to continue. We agreed to talk at the end of the season. We'll talk after the season tomorrow. I want to fulfil my contract. There are things to change that we've already done in this first season, but the final word is in the hands of him, the president. We'll talk and we'll see."