Koeman’s Barca

The Koeman era has started. No one knows how long it will last, yes, but it has started relatively well. Two impressive victories were followed by a somewhat frustrating draw at home, against a well-trained Sevilla.

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Some of Barça’s recurring problems did begin to manifest themselves in that match, especially their nervousness to close a match, and their dependence on Lionel Messi to initiate attacks. However, it has been promising. While Barca failed to attract all of their transfer targets to the club in a timely manner, the team is in a decent position in terms of depth and tactics.

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FC Barcelona Coach – Ronald Koeman

Coach’s strategy

Ronald Koeman has persisted with his tiered build and 4-2-3-1 has sought to focus on more direct playing opportunities, compared to the slower build under Quique Setien. Additionally, he seems to emphasize close man-to-man pressure with an emphasis on closing the gap between individual players. The key to this press has been the double pivot, along with the two attacking central.

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Wonderkid Ansu Fati

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Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho have often functioned as central press triggers, with Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong often cleaning up and doubling down the resulting receivers. This pressure is really key to Koeman’s game, which focuses on quick losses and moving attacks against the progress of the game. There is less emphasis on absolute possession, but closer positioning between players means that the line is as high as usual.

This slight shift towards frankness, and the seemingly permanent addition of Ansu Fati, has made the team seem more cohesive and less closed. This, in turn, has led to early signs of independence from the Messi-based attacking game.

Bar vs Sev

This was especially evident in the first two games, where the collective game was better and less so in the draw against Sevilla. In the Sevilla match, Barça panicked when they couldn’t score and started kicking the ball to Messi. It shows that there is still work to be done. Koeman is making progress, but there are significant shortcomings on the list, many of which are beyond the coach’s reach.

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FCB players Coutinho and Pique against Sevilla FC

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For the fans :

The important thing for the culés is to temper the expectations. This is a team in transition and is patient. Koeman himself should seek blood in young people while maintaining a healthy balance between progress and results. That would be more than ideal. Just remember, 8-2 wasn’t that long ago.

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Ronald Koeman and Lionel Messi

What happened in the transfer window!?

Francisco Trincão, Pedri, Sergino Dest, and Miralem Pjanić are all new. Coutinho also seems ready for a bigger role. It is about patience, and the culés do not usually have that.

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It was the night of Tuesday, August 25, when Messi informed Barça via that infamous burofax bomb that he wanted to leave the club this summer.

But the Catalan giants stood their ground, insisting that the 33-year-old was still under contract and any club interested in buying him would have to pay his € 700 million buyout clause.

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Lionel Messi

Earlier this week Messi’s father, Jorge Messi, flew to Barcelona and met with his son’s lawyers before holding talks with Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Messi’s field was reportedly adamant that he wanted to leave, with Manchester City believed to be his most likely destination.

But Barça said they would take the matter to court if he breached the contract, both the club and LaLiga insisted that it was still in force for another season.

And then, on Friday, events took a surprising turn when Jorge Messi issued a statement in which he claimed that the family was convinced that the contract and the 700 million euro clause had expired and that the six-time Ballon winner Oro could leave the Camp Nou for nothing this summer. If I wanted.

Messi: “It is the club of my life, I have made my life here.”

However, it seems that he does not want or is not prepared to defend his case before a judge and therefore he will stay there, at least until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Barca fans will have a chance to say goodbye to the club’s all-time top scorer and he can look forward to a new sporting project elsewhere in 2021.

This proves one can change mind now and then.

What a crazy 11 days have been.

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Updated on August 19 3:58:02 pm

Setien Sacked

According to club president Joseph Bartomeu, Barcelona has sacked Quique Setian and selected a three-man squad for the managerial position. Setien was appointed Barcelona manager in January, replacing Ernesto Valverde, who was also sacked by the club.

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Quique Setien [ Former FC Barcelona Coach]

FC Barcelona’s New Coach Shortlist

Although no official statement has been made, Romano revealed that Ronald Koman, Mauricio Pochettino, and Xavi are on the three-man list to become Barcelona coach.

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Holland coach Ronald Koeman during his days as a Barca player

Setien was appointed Barcelona manager in January, replacing Ernesto Valverde, who was also sacked by the club. They have to choose a manager because the pre-season starts in two weeks’ time.

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Possibilities if Ronald Koeman is unable to takeover as Barca coach

Ronald Koeman

It seems that they are having a discussion tomorrow but Koeman will need to separate from the national side, so there is still time for this to happen. He is a name that will please everyone more or less. He was the one who made Holland qualify (unbeaten) for the 2020 Euro cup after their disappointing run on the 2016 Euro cup and the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

The Dutchman played six seasons in Barca colors and scored the decisive goal at Wembley via a free-kick to hand Barca their first European Cup. So, Barca fans rejoice yourself for a fresh start as the official statement for FC Barcelona’s new coach will release anytime soon!

FC Barcelona’s new coach has been seen in the city of Barcelona, Spain.

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Barca’s captain and legend Lionel Messi

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