LISBON – Ronald Koeman knows he’s already been judged. The Dutch coach’s speech in the press room, minutes after the disaster against Benfica, showed a complete breakdown, and although his players, Busquets And Frenkie de Jong, stressed that his dismissal “is not the solution”, about the club taking it for granted that its continuity is excluded. He emphasized that although this separation is expected, suspected and considered safe, it will not happen ESPN SportsIn the next few hours.
It should not happen at least as explained by the club. The crucial message was ‘No hot decisions will be made’, that Joan Laporta, at the end of the match, went down to the dressing room to cheer on the team, although he did not speak to Koeman, who is supposed to be with him. To coincide during the flight back to Barcelona, in which he was already suspected of a colder spirit but indisputable intentions.
Barcelona and its leaders indicated, not a few weeks ago, that they had lost faith in the coach who presented his management with the youth and the need to adapt to the slow change of the project as the best argument. But the results, and what is more, what was presented on the field, the absurdity that is repeated in Europe, left Koeman with no potential defense. And if Bayern could have been resisted 3-0 by the obvious potential of the German champion, the outrage they experienced in Lisbon was already definitive.
“I can’t say anything about my future because I don’t know what the club thinks in this regard. It’s not in my hands and we’ll see what happens,” the technician revealed, laconic, in the press room while nervous. Voices multiplied among the leaders and demanded, in a low voice, the urgent need to take a turn at the command.
Deadlines and their alternatives
Listening to Koeman gave the feeling that the coach himself knew he had been judged. This leads one to believe that Saturday’s match at the Wanda Metropolitano against Atletico Madrid (which, once suspended, will not be able to sit on the bench) will be his farewell.
From there, the second stop for choices will come and that will be when the crucial moment to complete the sentence is contemplated, right now. Vice-President Edward Romeo confirmed a few weeks ago that the club was in a position to face the sacking of Koeman economically, but the problem, from there, would be, and will be, finding a replacement for him. And convince him, mathematically and financially, to take the podium.
Laporta doesn’t want an emergency coach, only to get out of trouble until the end of the season, and hire a coach with a future ahead. And in this scenario, Xavi Hernandez is clearly the favourite. He’s for a big part of the board, he’s more than that for the fans and is seen as the number one favorite to save a team mired in all requests.
Belgium coach Robert Martinez is the other coach appointed as a candidate, with a very different profile than the former midfielder and current coach of the club. Al-SaadAnd from there, without a lot of names on the table, there are technicians who are in the orbit of FC Barcelona.
There has been talk and talk of Antonio Conte, Thierry Henry, Frank de Boer, Oscar Garcia, Ten Hag, Andrea Pirlo, even Peter Boss … and the decision is up to the board of directors, Joan Laporta, this half a year after taking charge of the club, facing the worst case scenario. an athlete he could imagine.
Barcelona never lost the first two matches of the Champions League group stage. He never connected these matches without once finishing between the three sticks of the opponent’s goal and never saw himself in a situation like the current one. Since the 2000-01 season he hasn’t been eliminated at the first chance and that danger is more real today than ever.
Wherever it is captured, Ronald Koeman is doomed.