Tensions at Barcelona come to the forefront as Koeman has a spat with Juve bench

Barcelona's Ronald Koeman (C) shakes hands with Lionel Messi. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)
Barcelona's Ronald Koeman (C) shakes hands with Lionel Messi. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images) /

Barcelona boss argues with Juventus bench during CL clash.

Barcelona were absolutely battered by Juventus at the Camp Nou as the on-field rivalry of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo saw some rather dramatic moments.

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Ronaldo once again managed to grab the headlines at Camp Nou as he grabbed a brace for himself. Placing the ball behind the net from the spot wasn’t much of a bother for the Portuguese star as he saw his rival make some valiant efforts without having much support.

Ronald Koeman wasn’t particularly impressed with his team’s display and had some strong words to describe his team’s performance. He felt that the Catalan giants played with fear in front of Juventus and that cost them the match. The tensions in the match were pretty evident as Koeman even managed to find himself in the middle of a verbal spat with the Juve bench, as per Mirror.

The incident occurred when the second penalty was given to Juve and the players on the Juve bench demanded Clement Lenglet be sent off, given that he was already on a yellow card. The Barca boss took offense to this remark and apparently said “shut up” to the players. However, the issue did not end over there as the players were seen laughing at the former Netherlands coach.

Though the 3-0 loss doesn’t hold much significance in terms of qualification, it just adds on to the piling pressure on the Blaugrana. Having conceded three points to the newly promoted Cadiz side last week, Barcelona are currently sitting on the ninth position in La Liga and seem to be headed towards another trophy-less season.

The Spanish giants seem to be close to losing their best player in Lionel Messi who is free to sign a pre-transfer agreement with any club that he decides to join. For now, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain seem to be leading the race. Some very tense and interesting weeks are up ahead for Barcelona and their fans.

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