Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has warned against sacking manager Ronald Koeman, despite Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Benfica in Europe putting more pressure on the already troubled organisation.

De Jong suggested Koeman was not the reason the Blaugrana have won just one of their past five matches and slumped to their worst-ever Champions League start.

Koeman, meanwhile, acknowledged the support of his players after the Benfica loss as he struggles to come to terms with the extent of the recent downfall.

“I can’t talk about Koeman, it’s not for me to say,” De Jong told reporters. “I don’t think changing the coach can solve anything.

“We are trying everything, working hard in training, we are trying our best on the field but today was not our day, that is clear.”

Sergio Busquets agreed with his team-mate, saying:

“In the end the easy thing is to [sack Koeman]. But we all have a responsibility. We are in a critical situation.”

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