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Ronald Koeman needs his Barcelona side to win big when they visit Atletico Madrid to have a shot at saving his job.
That is, if he makes it to Saturday.
Two embarrassing losses to start the Champions League have left the Dutch coach under extreme pressure before a trip to the Spanish league's title holders.
Losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich, a European juggernaut, two weeks ago was humbling.
But the 3-0 loss at Benfica - a team they'd not lost to since 1961 - on Wednesday may be too much for the club's leadership to take.
Koeman spoke after the match in Lisbon like a man who knew his time at Camp Nou could be counted in days, if not hours.
"As for my future, I cannot say anything because I don't know what the club thinks about it," Koeman said.
"It is not in my hands. We will see . . . at the end, the guilty party is the coach."
Koeman has been at odds with Joan Laporta, since he returned as president to run the club last March.
Laporta went as far as to look for another coach in the off-season before finally settling on keeping Koeman for the second year of his contract.
Laporta and Koeman have shared the need to convince Barcelona's fans to lower expectations since the club was saddled with over a billion euros in debt and unable to pay Lionel Messi's wages.
But the team has hit new lows that even with the exit of the almighty Messi are difficult to explain.
A sixth-place standing in the Spanish league has almost become respectable for the former champions compared to their dismal showing in the Champions League.
Barcelona are last in Group E and at risk of not making the knockout rounds for the first time in 20 years.
Most worryingly, a Barcelona team that prides themselves on always delivering attacking soccer has not even generated a shot on target in 180 minutes.
Koeman's tactics against Benfica were questionable. Instead of replacing Gerard Pique with another defender when he picked up an early yellow card, Koeman shifted Frenkie de Jong into his backline.
When asked if he thought the team needed a new manager, De Jong responded with a curt, "No."
"You can only get out of this situation if you stay united and work together," the Netherlands midfielder said.
The match at Wanda Metropolitano will come before a week's international break, offering Barcelona a window to make a coaching change if desired.
Former midfielder Xavi has long been tagged as a future Barcelona coach, while Spanish media speculates that Belgium manager Roberto Martinez and former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo could be in the running.
Laporta said during his presentation this summer that sports director Jordi Cruyff could also be used as a "wild card in an emergency."
Beyond the team's immediate struggles, Barcelona were dealt a harder long-term blow by the Spanish league hours before defeat at Benfica.
Barcelona's new salary cap has been slashed to 97 million euros ($A155 million), about 285 million euros ($A457 million) less than a year ago and seven times smaller than that of Real Madrid, due to losses incurred by the poor management of Laporta's predecessors and the economic impact of the pandemic.
So Koeman or not, the glory days of Barcelona won't likely be coming back soon.