Barcelona – Bayern (9:00 p.m.)
The dialectical skirmishes between the Barcelona coach and its president, Joan Laporta, additional questions the position of the Dutchman earlier than the go to of the fearsome Bayern
Invade Ronald Koeman a relentless want for vindication. Within the press room, within the noble space and within the stadium. And in addition the declare of a therapy in response to his legend as a Wembley hero, a stiff stamp for the brand new generations of Barcelona followers. The Dutch coach, a torrent of persona, nevertheless collides with Joan Laporta, a president who lives soccer with the aggressive want of 1 who’s seen in boots, not within the moccasins of the go well with. “They are adjusting their relationship”, they admit from the places of work of that Camp Nou that already sees a cyclone.
The one who attends this Tuesday the Barcelona post-Messi encounter within the return to the Champions League is Bayern, now skilled by the precocious genius Julian Nagelsmann. A fearsome rival not solely due to its sporting and financial construction, but in addition as a result of it forces us to return to one of many worst reminiscences within the historical past of the Barça membership. Sure, that 2-8 in Lisbon within the quarterfinals of the Champions 2019-20 that served as an epitaph of the mandate of Josep Maria Bartomeu and left with out wanting to coach Quique Setin.
A yr in the past, Bartomeu noticed in Koeman an appropriate profile to hold out the transition. He’ll wind up the younger, kids of damage. And Laporta, who earlier than profitable the elections already polled each Nagelsmann and Hansi flick, his predecessor on the Bayern bench and now the German coach, ended up assuming Koeman’s tenure regardless of the disastrous League ultimate. There was no cash within the field and there was no substitute. And that a few of its administrators have been suspicious of the administration of the Dutch events, which is thought to be suspicious within the eyes of the field.
The Vice President’s Go to
“I have had some things with the president, but we have agreed,” Koeman mentioned on the eve of the confrontation with Bayern. Rafa YusteLaporta’s vice chairman and proper hand man, had simply visited him in coaching. It was not advisable to return to the press room with the identical gasoline can utilized in an interview with the Dutch tv channel NOS. There Koeman accused Laporta of “talking too much” and launched a phrase that, as soon as reached the ears of the Barça membership leaders on Sunday, tasted like a burning horn: “Thanks to me, this club has a future.”
Though the one who responded publicly to Koeman was one of many important advisers to President Laporta, the previous captain of Bara Enric Masip. He did it by means of his Twitter account: “The club has a future thanks to the change of board of directors and the president who changed the disaster. It could have been the end. It is not a cliché, it is a reality that Bara could not pay the payroll Thanks to the motion of some brave, and some brave for entering “.
From Barcelona they guarantee that past the crossed statements, Koeman ought to solely be involved about what occurs on the pitch. “The results and the game will judge the technician”, affirm sources of the Barcelona entity to this newspaper. And the coach, in the meantime, maintains that he has not identified something concerning the renewal proposal that his agent was already negotiating for days.
Koeman was extraordinarily irritated that Laporta, in a personal assembly with journalists, conditioned his continuity to elements corresponding to the sport system (4-3-3 as a substitute of the 3-5-2 with which he conquered the Copa del Rey) and the presence within the soccer staff as Samuel Umtiti and particularly Riqui Puig. However the Dutchman, with the character of somebody who goes along with his concepts to the tip, already warned yesterday that, towards Bayern, will probably be handy to “protect himself”.
Who is aware of if there shall be a drawing to guard you from a cyclone.