If the newest reports are to be believed, Quique Setién might be ‘enjoying’ his last days as Barcelona coach because apparently, we could be seeing a new man sitting on that bench the very next season. Eric Abidal is considering to appoint Laurent Blanc as a ‘temporary’ Barça coach before the inevitable arrival of Xavi.
The former Azulgrana midfielder has already rejected their call once but we also know that it’s his dream to return and lead the team once he is ready and the circumstances are just right.
That means Laurent Blanc would indeed be just a ‘temporary’ Barça coach and would be that transition between Setién and Xavi – someone to keep the team from falling apart until the prodigal son returns.
Unfortunately, that leaves Setién in a lose-lose situation because either way, he’s gone. Unless he somehow manages to win the Champions League, which could be the only way the board actually leaves him in charge. But even in that scenario, he’s just delaying the inevitable.
Blanc, on the other hand, is quite optimistic and motivated. Not to mention that he comes with a hefty resume to back up his case. And then, if he performs well, there might be room for more than just a solitary year at the Camp Nou.
Only time will tell.
Ronald Koeman talks after breaking the Celta away curse comfortably
Ronald Koeman has spoken in the press conference ahead of the Celta 0-3 Barcelona game. The Dutch manager managed to finally break the curse at the Balaidos — the Catalan club had not won any of the last 6 games away against Vigo, losing 3 of them.
Koeman, on the other hand, broke the curse comfortably. The manager played an entire second half with 10 men, but still managed to score 2 goals to secure the game.
“I’m very proud of this team today, we have worked very well, with one player less. We have done a great job with a lot of discipline.”, Koeman said.
The Dutch manager explained that at the break, he rotated to a 4-4-1 system: “At the break we talked about the 4-4-1 system and the players have done a great job.”
Koeman also added that Messi did a great job tonight: “Leo has worked a lot without the ball and he has been very important.”
“We said to the referee that there were other fouls on the pitch. In the end, it’s his decision and there is no need to discuss. I think it was a foul but I’m not sure if it was a yellow card.”, added Koeman regarding the second yellow card that Lenglet received which brought his team down to 10 men.
The Dutch manager was asked about the Champions League draw as well:
“We can be happy about the Champions League draw. Juve and Barça are the two best teams in the group but it will have to be proven.”
“I can’t say much about last season, but from day one I’ve seen the players very eager and eager to turn the situation around. The players are training very well, and we’re better physically.”, concluded Koeman.