Having to find a new coach following the departure of Quique Setién, FC Barcelona announced the arrival of Ronald Koeman. The coach of the Netherlands has just swapped his tunic for that of the Blaugranas. He will now try to take over the Catalan club after a cataclysmic season.
Following the sacking of Quique Setien, FC Barcelona had to find a new leader to guide the ship blaugrana and it was the coach of the Netherlands who was chosen. A decision that is very meaningful but understandable in light of the past year. This season has been chaotic, both on the field and at the institutional level. Very mixed, the start of the season had nevertheless seen Ernesto Valverde’s team regain some calm from the end of 2019. However, the latter’s elimination in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup against Atlético madrid (3-2) had led the Catalan leaders to part ways. In addition to the numerous internal tensions and the holding of the club’s presidential elections after the 2020-2021 season, Quique Setién was appointed.
Instigator of a football licked and carried forward, the former coach of Las Palmas and Real Betis Balompié never managed to impose his principles. Eliminated from the King’s Cup and finishing second in La Liga behind Real Madrid, FC Barcelona missed out on the national stage, to fall even higher on the international scene … In the round of 16 of the Champions League, the blaugrana club held their own against Napoli winning 3-1 after the 1-1 draw of the first leg, but it was to sink better in the quarter-final against Bayern Munich. Swept by German club on the 8-2 score line, FC Barcelona experienced a real humiliation that confirms a little more the bad dynamic of the team on the European stage since its coronation in 2015. Leaving each other eliminated in the quarter-finals and ending August on a white season,FC Barcelona was forced to make big changes.
A coach who played for FC Barcelona
The first is the coach’s replacement with the replacement of Quique Setién by Ronald Koeman. A logical choice that also reflects the desire to highlight a strong figure. A true tactician, Quique Setién nevertheless has less status as a leader of men and this partly explains his failure in the imposition of his ideas. Ronald Koeman is also a leading man with attacking and adequate playing principles at FC Barcelona. Known for his sometimes explosive nature, the 57-year-old Dutchman will have to assert himself and seems to have the means to do so. Former fc Barcelona glory with whom he won the club’s first Champions League in 1992, the midfielder or central defender has been the coach of the Netherlands for two years. His record is very good with a final of the League of Nations 2019 (defeat 1-0 against Portugal) and a qualification for Euro 2020 (to be held in 2021)