Clarence Seedorf has hinted that he won’t be manager of Deportivo La Coruna next season, following his side’s relegation to La Liga 123.
The Dutchman failed to win any of his first eight games in charge at the Riazor, but a four match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end against Barcelona on Sunday evening as the Catalan side secured the league title and in doing so – the Galician club’ fate.
Lionel Messi was at his sublime best at the Riazor as his goals matched with a Philippe Coutinho strike, not only ensured the league title but also relegation for their opponents.
A superb move which saw Ousmane Dembele find Coutinho, allowed the Brazilian to send a delicious effort into the top left hand corner of the goal and notch his third league goal of the season.
Messi was then on hand to make it 2-0 after a wonderful outside of the boot pass from Luis Suarez found the Argentine, who hammered home his effort at the near post.
Seedorf has improved Deportivo and his side rallied back in the second half to level the game thanks to goals from Lucas Perez and Emre Colak.
Hopes were high inside the Riazor, but Messi not to be outdone – struck twice in the final ten minutes to seal the win and the title for the Catalan side.
“We’re very sad about being relegated, but I want to thank everyone at the club, the fans and the players,” the former AC Milan man said.
“I’ve found a very good team of workers. We didn’t meet our objective, but that’s football. As for my future, everything is open.
“I want us to finish the season well, with dignity, and keep working like we are. No doors are closed with regards to next season.
“I congratulate Barcelona, but I think Deportivo had a very good match. We gave a good account of ourselves.
“It’s not the first time that this has happened to Deportivo. We must bounce back, and I wish this club all the best.
“My players had a great game, and they should come out with their heads held high. There are other important things in life. You have to know how to win and know how to lose.”
Barca secured their 25th title with the win, having been unbeaten up until now in league games.
For Depor, they now face a move back to La Liga 123 and question marks over Seedorf’s future will now come into play.