Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has called for patience with his young team as questions mount surrounding his future at the club.
Barca were held to a 1-1 draw against Granada in the league in their last fixture.
That result, coupled with his side falling to a heavy defeat at home in the Champions League last week to Bayern Munich, has led to rumours suggesting he is on borrowed time at the Nou Camp.
As a result, the former Netherlands and Everton boss has issued a statement stressing the need for patience at the club.
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"The club is with me in a situation of rebuilding," he said in a three-minute long press conference.
The economic situation is linked to the situation on the pitch.
We as a staff have to rebuild the team without making big financial investments and that takes time.
The young talents can be world stars in a couple of years.
In light of the club's continuing financial mess, Barca have been forced to blood a number of their young stars.
Pedri, Yusuf Demir and Ansu Fati are three of which who have benefitted somewhat in regard to gametime at the club.
Ronald Koeman Calls For Patience At Barcelona
With his squad's age demographic lowering, Koeman stressed the need for patience at the club during this difficult spell.
The youngsters will have opportunities, like Xavi and Iniesta had, but patience is required.
Besides, to finish high in the league table would be a success. In the Champions League, no miracles can be expected. The defeat against Bayern [Munich] must be seen in that light.
The team must be supported, in words and actions. I know that the press recognises this process, it is not the first time in history that this has happened.
We count on your support in these decisive times.
We are very, very happy with the support of the fans, as was the case against Granada. Come on, Barcelona!