Although the Blaugrana supervisor might not lose his job imminently, the writing is on the wall
Ernesto Valverde’s time as Barcelona coach is up and everyone is aware of it.
Objective has reported that the 55-year-old will stay in cost till the top of the season, when his contract expires, however the writing is already on the wall.
For a lot of, that ought to have been the case on the finish of final season after Barcelona collapsed at Anfield in an historic Champions League debacle.
After renewing Valverde’s deal in February by one yr, Barcelona have been left with the uncomfortable alternative of sacking him after the Liverpool capitulation or letting him fulfil that further season.
They opted for the latter and, with the staff nonetheless struggling to hit high type midway by the season, there are few who assume that was a good selection.
Barcelona capitulated within the Spanish Tremendous Cup semi-final towards Atletico Madrid, throwing away a 2-1 result in lose 3-2 in Jeddah, though curiously produced one among their finest performances of the season earlier than a dramatic remaining 10 minutes.
Too little, too late; realistically there’s nothing Valverde can do to maintain his job.
Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal has reportedly met with legendary former participant Xavi Hernandez, the present coach of Al Sadd and somebody who has by no means hidden his need to educate the Catalan giants sooner or later.
The state of affairs might dictate that Xavi will take over subsequent season, regardless of the ex-midfielder not but proving a lot in Qatar and nonetheless being on a steep studying curve.
Like Frank Lampard coming in at Chelsea, the decision might come sooner than appears proper, however there might not be anyone who needs to maintain the seat heat after Valverde earlier than Xavi finally takes over.
Ronald Koeman is one choice that has been talked about, and the earliest he would go away the Netherlands is after Euro 2020 this summer time.
Followers on the King Abdullah Sports activities Metropolis stadium in Saudi Arabia booed and jeered Valverde as he appeared on the massive screens and a few held banners telling him to go away.
Whereas supporters at Camp Nou are extra average, the gang response on the Tremendous Cup displays a whole lot of web chatter and the worldwide fan opinion on Valverde. Many have by no means warmed to him.
Barcelona don’t see any benefit in sacking Valverde now however there’s a feeling that sufficient is sufficient. The staff aren’t taking part in properly and that is a crucial issue at this membership.
Whereas they’re high of the league on the midway stage, the performances have been inconsistent and unconvincing, whereas Actual Madrid are going from power to power.
It’s not enough simply to win – as Valverde’s staff have finished loads, with two league titles in his two seasons on the helm – however you need to win within the Barcelona model.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has at all times been keen on Valverde, as a coach who is not going to strain him and retains a low profile, however different board members should not as eager on the previous Athletic Membership man.
Regardless of the success his Barcelona have loved, they’ve by no means shone in the best way the staff did underneath Luis Enrique with the ‘MSN’ assault of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, not to mention matched the heights of Pep Guardiola’s reign.
The staff is extra reliant than ever on captain and talisman Messi and has proven nothing to persuade followers they’ll be capable of go the space in Europe this season or are any much less flimsy.
“[This defeat] jogged my memory of the earlier fiascos within the Champions League,” mentioned Rivaldo of their collapse towards Atletico.
Valverde, past teenager Ansu Fati, has not leaned sufficient on La Masia for the liking of many supporters, who imagine Riqui Puig and Carles Alena might give the midfield the Barcelona DNA it usually lacks.
The latter has joined Actual Betis on mortgage, annoyed by his lack of alternatives at Camp Nou.
Though Frenkie de Jong’s arrival has boosted the core of the facet, they nonetheless look disjointed and marque summer time signing Antoine Griezmann has had a hit-and-miss begin to his Barcelona profession.
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Valverde’s Barcelona have by no means had a lot character or character, profitable two league titles by advantage of getting the very best participant on the earth, and the very best squad within the nation.
The success has not been hole however neither Actual Madrid nor Atletico have been able to operating Messi and his team-mates shut.
Valverde will finally go away Barcelona with the historical past books reflecting his teaching as greater than ample, however his period is not going to be one cherished by lots of the membership’s supporters.