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Barça board meeting ends: Koeman appointed, elections in March

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The FC Barcelona Board of Directors meeting has ended. For longer than three hours, board members led by president Josep Bartomeu have been discussing the necessary changes for the future of the club. As a conclusion, the board decided to sack Setién, appoint Ronald Koeman, sell a lot of players for reform in the team, and hold presidential elections in March 2021 as scheduled.

Even though fans and heavyweights in the dressing room called for ‘drastic changes’ (referring to early elections), Bartomeu did not respond: he will not resign and hold early elections, with the excuse of the Covid-19 situation. In other words, elections will be held on its scheduled time, in March 2021, and Bartomeu will be in charge until then.

Quique Setién has been sacked, as expected, and Ronald Koeman will take over. However, Barcelona has to pay a sum to bring Koeman to the Camp Nou, since he is still managing the Netherlands. The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) has already come to an agreement with the Catalan club.

How heavyweights will respond to these decisions remains unknown – especially considering that Lionel Messi reportedly had told the club that if he is not presented with a convincing sporting project, he would leave.

Sources: Marçal Lorente (Mundo Deportivo correspondent), ADSportwereld

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Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury

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All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.

As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.

Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.

But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.

However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.

Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.

Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.

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