Ronald Koeman is officially the new coach of the Catalan giants and with him, comes a plethora of changes. One of which, as we’re led to believe, is a total clean-up of the squad. However, according to the latest reports, Luis Suárez has no intention of leaving Barcelona this summer.
This may or may not come as a surprise but the Uruguayan still believes he has something to offer to the club. Despite slowly but surely heading towards the sunset, El Pistolero feels quite important.
Of course, there’s no arguing that besides Lionel Messi, Suárez is one of the few players who actually score goals for the team. That is true but it’s also true that the Uruguayan has been an issue at times.
His declining physique, unwillingness to run or defend and sloppy play have all had a bad impact on the club’s results. And if we’re talking about rejuvenating the squad, he is definitely among the players who should not be untouchable.
Still, the reports state Suárez has no intention of leaving Barcelona and it might be difficult to convince him otherwise.
Whether that’s actually a good or a bad thing, remains to be seen. But we’re likely to watch the Uruguayan don the Azulgrana colours for one more season at least.
Source: El Pais
Koeman only has two options for the centre-back position against Juventus
After losing against Real Madrid, Ronald Koeman has yet another tough fixture to his rough start in Catalunya. In the second Champions League game of his tenure, Koeman faces Juventus in what seems like a battle of two struggling coaches. On the one hand, Andrea Pirlo is winless in his last three league games as Koeman is.
Moreover, Pirlo is missing three centre-backs, with Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt out for the Wednesday clash. Still, Koeman isn’t any luckier since Gerard Piqué is out because of the red card he got against Ferencvaros. Without the “President” in defence, the Dutchman will have to compose with Ronald Araujo and Clément Lenglet. The pair are two brilliant centre-backs who haven’t played alongside each other much, however.
This fixture is the hardest in the group for the Catalans as they face the toughest opponent away from home, a recurrent problem for the Culés in European competitions. Also, if something happens to Araujo or Lenglet, the backup defender is Oscar Mingueza. The youngster was included along with four other Barça B players in the UCL squad. This test will be interesting to see, and Koeman has to win his first big game with Barcelona.