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.
Dembélé is expected to start against Ferencváros after impressive Osasuna display
Ronald Koeman is well aware of the limitations concerning Ousmane Dembélé. The Frenchman is an incredible asset and a highly talented player. However, he is also injury prone and Barcelona can’t afford to use him relentlessly.
For that reason, the young winger has been on the bench for the last couple of games despite performing on a regularly high level whenever chosen to play. According to a new report from SPORT, however, Dembélé is expected to start Barcelona’s upcoming Champions League clash against Ferencváros.
This is a direct result of another encouraging performance just the other night against Osasuna. The Frenchman came off the bench and even scored a great goal before it was ruled offside. We’ve also seen him play at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium against Atlético Madrid but back then, he sprained his shoulder so Koeman had to be extra careful going into the next games.
But the main thing is that Dembélé is still very much an important part of the squad and offers a unique profile to the coach. For that reason, and seeing how he’s once again 100% fit, everything indicates he’ll be back in the gala XI on Wednesday, as SPORT suggest.
This, needless to say, is a rather encouraging sign for a player who was so close to leaving the club during the summer transfer window.
Long may it continue!