Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has downplayed concerns about the club’s present condition. De Jong claims that the Barcelona crisis has been exaggerated. After a summer full of rumours about their financial woes the Blaugrana football club had a rocky start to the season.
They presently stand tenth in La Liga after a run of two victories in their last six games, as well as 3-0 defeats in both of their Champions League group games thus far. It’s a run of form that’s increased the pressure on the players and manager Ronald Koeman, whose job at Camp Nou was on the line until president Joan Laporta had a late change of heart.
Despite the turbulence, De Jong is confident that things are not as bad as they appear. “Calling Barcelona a sinking ship is too far, it’s exaggerated a lot, we are not in a hole,” De Jong said according to De Volkskrant football news. “The results are bad, nobody can ignore that. You notice that there is a negative feeling at the club, but that makes sense when you have such bad results at a club like Barcelona. The results drive me crazy but what happens around them does not.”
“It’s good that we’re on a break now. When we go back to Barcelona after the internationals, I think normality could return. People exaggerate when they say that the season is already lost. Sure, we don’t have as many points as Real Madrid or Atletico, but we still have 30 games to play, so nothing has been lost. At all.”
“We have a very good squad, especially when the injured players come back. Those points we have lost so far, it’s not good, but people are exaggerating enormously. In La Liga, everything is still possible. We started the Champions League very badly as well, but nothing has been lost there either.”
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