Barcelona have not been enjoying an exciting season under Ronald Koeman right now as they sit outside the top four in La Liga with just six wins in 13 games. The team looks shakier than ever in defence, with other problems like poor man-management, and abysmal game-management surrounding the team.
Barcelona fans have almost unanimously lost faith in Koeman, as they look en-route their worst season in nearly three decades. Calls for a sack have been raised already, and with the presidential elections right around the corner, a replacement in June, or even in January seems inevitable.
That said, until those elections, Barcelona under the administration of Carles Tusquets, who is serving as interim president until January 24th. And while he holds the power to make signings and sack coaches, he has come out to reveal that he will not fire Ronald Koeman.
“I will not sack Koeman, he is doing well.”Carles Tusquets | Mundo Deportivo
It seems like Tusquets does not want to take the bold step of firing a manager, especially when he will be here for no longer than another month. One wrong move and he will be criticised beyond repair by the fans, especially when the team is left manager-less until the new president arrives.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.