Luis Suarez weighs in on Barcelona ‘war’ and vetoes Ronald Koeman replacement

La Liga 'lacking star player' after Messi's Barcelona exit

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Barcelona icon Luis Suarez has described the situation at his former club as like a ‘war’ and has told one of Ronald Koeman’s possible successors to wait before taking the job. Koeman is under serious pressure to immediately improve one of the most disastrous periods in the club’s history. 

The Catalan giants suffered yet another embarrassing result on Wednesday night as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Benfica.  

It means that Barca have now lost both of their opening matches in Europe this season by the same scoreline.  

A 3-0 La Liga victory over Levante on Sunday somewhat made up for disappointing draws against Cadiz and Granada.  

Barca suffered their lowest finish since 2008 last term and their financial struggles were highlighted during the summer transfer window.  

The Blaugrana struggled to register their new signings due to huge debts, which led to Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. 

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A couple of senior players accepted wage cuts to allow the likes of Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Luuk De Jong to be signed. Striker Antoine Griezmann was sold on deadline day. 

Koeman has faced calls to leave the Nou Camp club but has so far remained in place, even after Wednesday’s humbling defeat.  

One of his potential replacements could be ex-midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who has been in charge at Qatari club Al Saad since 2019. 

However, the crippling political situation at the Spanish giants has prompted Xavi’s former Barca team-mate Suarez to insist that he should stay away from the hotseat.  

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“At Barca there is a war that hurts the players. I personally recommend Xavi to wait,” Suarez told Spanish newspaper Sport

“As a football fan and what he has done as a player, I don’t think that today, tomorrow or the day after is the time to take over the team. 

“He is intelligent and knows the difficulty of the club. You must wait for the moment. 

“He has colleagues inside with whom he will have to make decisions and it will be difficult. I see him very trained as a coach.” 

Koeman has frequently insisted that his Barca side are far from the same quality as some of the club’s most iconic teams.  

He repeated that line following the defeat by Benfica. 

“This is not the team of years gone by. It’s crystal clear,” the 58-year-old told reporters.  

“The result is hard to take. I don’t think it’s a fair reflection. After conceding so early we responded well but we couldn’t score. 

“They are very quick and strong. There are a lot teams stronger than us.”
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