Ernesto Valverde, technical director of Barcelona, does not convince after the result of the team in the previous Champions game.
Ernesto Valverde, former technical director of Barcelona. / Photo: elnacional.cat
LatinAmerican Post | Laura Viviana Guevara Muñoz
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The Spanish could not beat the Czech team, Sportovní Klub Slavia Prague, on day 4 of the Champions League. They tied at home with the team that is the latest in Group F.
It was no good that the Catalans had 63 percent possession during the game. It was not worth fourteen shots, against the five that Slavia Prague made throughout the game. Although it is the first defeat so far in the Champions League, the Catalans were already coming from failure. The previous La Liga match against Levante, the Blaugranas lost three to one, being the only goal of the Catalans made by Messi on penalties.
The magic was made by the team from Valencia because with 34 percent of possession, they managed to tie the game at the minute 61. Two minutes later they were able to overcome them and at minute 68 they ratified their victory by scoring the last goal of the game.
The third defeat in the League and the first in the Champions League, came together. This combination made Barcelona's coach be, once again, in the eye of the hurricane. His position as coach generated doubt when the Catalans lost the Copa del Rey against Valencia, and Valverde at that time simply dared to say "you have to face things with integrity and not put your head in a hole", as indicated by Rtve.
However, the defeat of Barcelona, coupled with the overused technique of the attack and letting Messi always resolve, did not work. The new additions of the team did not work either: "Griezmann, Dembélé, De Jong, Vidal, were among the disappeared," says Marca. Nor did it work how Valverde read the game because the same media states that "[Valverde] does not find solutions."
The disgust of the players became evident in a stadium where the fans whistled the soccer players, who under a predictable direction obey the orders of the coach and become a “boring Barça, slow in the circulation of the ball, with little defense and that has no ideas in attack. A team that exerts a totally sterile and uncoordinated pressure to recover the ball, with separate lines that leave behind in backlash,” according to Barcelona news.
It is evident, both for the players and for the fans, that Valverde has not been able to find the formula. The directives will have to assess whether the current coach is really what Barcelona needs to regain his style and make new players adapt and appear when necessary.
While this is happening we show you to the three names that sound to replace Ernesto Valverde.
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1. Ronald Koeman
The German is a star and legend of Barcelona, we must remember that in 1992 he scored the goal that gave Barcelona, for the first time, the European Cup. Koeman, currently technical director of the selection of Holland, said he has an exclusive clause with Barcelona that would allow him to be part of the Spanish team's technical team, after the 2020 Eurocup.
As he revealed in an interview for Fox Sports, Koeman said that “I'm not going to leave right now. That is sure". Although his contract is until 2022, the Dutch Football Federation could assess whether it needs to continue with his services or not.
2. Marcelo Gallardo
One of the most popular names to be the next coach of Barcelona is Marcelo Gallardo. Gallardo, current coach of the River Plate of Argentina, has a contract until 2021, but according to TNT Sports, Gallardo "admitted that at the end of the year he will make a new balance to decide whether or not to continue in the club."
However, according to several media, Claudio Borghi, Argentine coach, would have the scoop that, in effect, Gallardo would be the coach of the Catalan team since January 2020. In this way, Borghi spoke with the Chilean media, CFC, stating that “It is information that I get to handle. Ernesto Valverde is not doing well and Marcelo is one of the best technicians in the world. D'Onofrio said Gallardo would leave only if he left office. ”
3. Erik Ten Hag
The Ajax coach has been optional since the start of the season. Although it also sounds to be a coach of Bayern München, those of Barcelona have put their attention on a coach who took the club to the Champions League semifinal, surpassing important teams such as Juventus or Real Madrid.
Something that would interest Barcelona is the similarity of its style of play with which it directs, in addition to knowing how to identify and bet on the quarry players.