It is secure to say that Ronald Koeman is not a contented bunny today.
The Dutchman is on the point of shedding his job after a depressing begin to the season and, within the build-up to Thursday’s assembly with Cadiz, tensions started to boil over within the media.
After watching his facet put in 54 crosses and snatch a draw in opposition to Granada, Koeman defended his tactics by questioning how anybody might count on his present squad to match the heights of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona staff of eight years in the past.
Throughout the goalless draw with Cadiz, we noticed precisely what Koeman was complaining about.
This Barcelona squad simply is not that good. They’re first rate, however asking them to reflect maybe one of the best membership facet we have ever seen is simply ridiculous, and Koeman is justifiably rising bored with being challenged on that.
They’re first rate defensively, nevertheless it’s going ahead the place Barcelona discover all their issues.
Sergino Dest is a younger full-back being requested to repeat Dani Alves, one of many biggest ever. Sergio Busquets is an ageing midfielder who’s now bodily unable of constructing the ahead runs that he has all the time been scared of constructing. Frenkie de Jong and younger Gavi usually are not Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
In assault, teenager Yusuf Demir had a tough outing, however the skilled Philippe Coutinho didn’t do significantly better in his place, and let’s not even speak concerning the strolling anchor that’s Luuk de Jong, the least tiki-taka appropriate striker the sport has ever seen.
It is all simply so sluggish. No one was shifting the ball rapidly and there was completely no one on the pitch able to taking the sport by the scruff of the neck to make one thing occur. There have been no risk-takers.
Koeman needs them to go the ball rapidly. He put religion in playmaker Gavi, launched Sergi Roberto for a much-needed injection of power and introduced on each Nico and Riqui Puig as a result of he wasn’t blissful along with his midfield. He is aware of issues want to alter, however how can he do something with this poor squad and the cripplingly excessive requirements?
For what it is price, Koeman shouldn’t be innocent on this mess. In spite of everything, he determined to start out De Jong as a substitute of sticking with Memphis Depay in a central function. The Dutch striker slowed all the pieces down far an excessive amount of, and to make issues worse, Koeman did not even discover till after Frenkie de Jong was despatched off halfway by means of the second half. It is potential he did not even realise and simply obtained fortunate along with his substitution.
He is obtained his issues, however Koeman shouldn’t be the only root of Barcelona’s struggles. There aren’t many managers on the planet who might do significantly better at a membership who appear decided to stay previously and ignore the current.
It is virtually as if years of poor transfers, monetary mismanagement and silly decision-making is definitely a nasty factor. Who’d have guessed?
Barcelona completely want a change within the dugout. Koeman shouldn’t be doing something constructive there anymore, however anybody who thinks a brand new supervisor can are available in and make life rosy once more must assume twice.