Ronald Koeman given backing by Barcelona president despite consistent struggles

Ronald Koeman has been given the vote of confidence from Barcelona's president Joan Laporta ahead of their La Liga clash away at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

The Dutchman has been heavily linked with an exit from the Camp Nou as Barcelona's financial crisis has spilt over out onto the pitch.

The Blaugrana suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Benfica on Wednesday evening as they sunk to the bottom of their Champions League group.

However, Laporte, when speaking to the Spanish media, has confirmed that Saturday evening's clash with Atleti won't be Koeman's final game in charge, no matter the result.

"Koeman will continue being the coach of Barcelona," Laporta told the media on Saturday.

"Today, regardless of the result, Koeman will still be Barcelona's coach.

"He has a contract, [and] we hope that he can get us back on the winning path, playing the way we want. I know he will give it his all."

The comments will come as good news to Koeman, who said on Friday: "Nobody has told me anything, but I have eyes and ears and I know that things are being leaked. They are probably true, but nobody has told me."

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Barcelona are yet to lose in the league so far this season, but Koeman's side have suffered three draws that has left them in 8th place.

And they will face some familiar faces in the Atleti lineup tonight in Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez.

Suarez urged his former teammate Xavi not to go for the Barcelona job, in the week, as the club is 'at war with itself'.

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