Quique Setién’s reign at the Camp Nou comes to an abrupt end barely seven months into his tenure. And now, according to the latest reports from the local papers, Ronald Koeman will take over Barcelona, maybe even today.
Mundo Deportivo have gone with a headline that just says ‘Replacement‘. And that is essentially what’s happening in Catalonia. The Dutchman replaces the former Real Betis man after seven months of shaky service.
Barça CEO, Òscar Grau, negotiated Koeman’s signing in Holland and it could all be announced later on today. Small sections were dedicated to Arthur Melo for his alcohol incident and to Ter Stegen for the confirmed surgery that could keep him out for three to four months.
Sport are concerned with similar topics. However, they say that the fact that Koeman will take over Barcelona is a ‘relief‘. The Dutchman is set to completely renovate the squad for next season as he is given the keys to do so.
First, he has to leave the Dutch national team, just before the European competition, and then he should be officially announced as the new coach. Needless to say, this is the start of a new era.
But it still feels like a transitional period for Barcelona. Koeman will undoubtedly have a gigantic task ahead of him and only time will tell how successful he’ll be.
Let’s hope for the best.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.