Ronald Koeman believes that his first campaign, led by Barcelona, can be considered positive and is confident that he will continue to be responsible for next season.
Barça beat Eibar 1-0 in their last game in La Liga of the campaign on Saturday to finish third, five points behind Real Madrid and seven setbacks against champions Atletico Madrid.
The Catalans also dropped out of the Champions League in Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16th stage, as well as losing to Athletic Bilbao in the Supercopa de España in January.
Coman’s team retaliated by beating Athletic in the Copa del Rey final last month, and the Dutchman believes the trophy has been saved this season.
“We have won a lot of points in the league since the beginning of 2021 and we won the cup in a brilliant way,” Koman said after the late victory in Ipurua, reports DPA.
“If you told me in August that we would win a trophy and fight for La Liga with two or three games until the end, I would sign for him.
“It’s not the best possible season, but you can’t ask for a double every year or from a team that’s still forming.”
The 79 points collected by Koeman are the least of any Barcelona boss in their first 38 league games since Frank Rijkaard (72) in 2003-04.
This is the first season that Barça have finished outside the first two of 2007-08 and the only time consecutive seasons have passed without finishing at the top from 2006 to 2008.
But Koeman, who hinted at the lack of support from those above him at his pre-match press conference, insists he is still at the beginning of a long-term trial in Catalonia, despite reports suggesting he will be replaced next season.
“I don’t think this is my last game,” he said. “I have a contract and, I don’t know … you talk a lot about it, but I’m calm. If the club wants to change something, they have to talk to me.”
“A lot of the club agrees with that. We’re trying to improve the squad. There are older players, with all due respect, who can still give a lot.
Barça were heading for a goalless draw with Eibar before Antoine Griezmann shot with an impressive acrobatic winner nine minutes later.
And like his head coach, Griezmann hopes that Barça will be able to strengthen their team in the coming season. “We are hurting after we missed the title. We failed in some important matches and we need to rest and see where we can improve next year,” he told Movistar.