LIGA - Koeman refused to answer questions in press conference
On Wednesday, Barcelona's under-fire coach Ronald Koeman held an unusual news conference, reading a prepared statement before leaving without addressing questions.
Koeman sat down for his news conference and was introduced by the club's press secretary, who stated that the Dutchman wished to deliver a brief statement.
Koeman remarked, reading off a piece of paper:
"Hello everyone. The club with me as coach is in a situation of rebuilding.
"The financial situation of the club is connected to the sporting activities and vice-versa. This means we as a team have to rebuild the team without being able to make any big financial investments. This needs time.
"The young talent today could be the next big world stars in just a few years. To rebuild this team, young players will be given opportunities like Xavi and Iniesta had in their day. But we must ask for patience.
"Achieving a high ranking in La Liga is a great success. In the Champions League we can't hope for miracles. The defeat by Bayern Munich last week has to be analysed with that perspective.
"The process we're in now with the staff and the team deserves unconditional support, in words and actions. I know the press recognises this process.
"It's not the first time in Barcelona's history this has happened. We count on your support in these difficult times.
"As staff and players, we are very happy with the great support of the fans, like we had in the match against Granada. Visca Barca, thanks to everyone."