Ronald Koeman was given an incredibly difficult task upon his appointment. Steadying such a rocky ship that is Barcelona at the moment is much easier said than done and for that reason, he should be given time.
However, time is exactly what he might not have if recent reports from Gerard Romero are to be believed. The reliable journalist did an interview with RAC1, discussing all things Barcelona and touching upon the leadership of the club in the coming years.
He believes that if Koeman fails to bring any silverware back to the Camp Nou, Xavi Hernández will replace him as head coach next season. Of course, the rumours of the ex-Barcelona captain returning back home are not exactly new.
In fact, it does only feel like a matter of time before Xavi does exactly that. However, it also puts a lot of pressure on Koeman to make something happen in a campaign that many have described as transitional at best.
With the huge squad rebuild on the way and now with Josep Maria Bartomeu officially gone, Barcelona are as unstable as they can be in a given moment.
It all depends, however, on the new board, which should be appointed within the following three months. By January 2021, the Catalans will have a new president and that’s also when these kinds of decisions will be made.
If Koeman fails in 2020/21, he might not even last long enough to get a second chance.
Five key stats from Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla — Epic comeback secures spot in finale
Julien Lopetegui endured the toughest week he possibly could have as manager of Sevilla facing Barcelona twice in the span of three days. Ronald Koeman’s men registered a 2-0 win in the league on the weekend, only to outdo themselves in picture-perfect fashion to secure a sensational comeback in the Copa del Rey.
Goals from Ousmane Dembele, Gerard Pique, and Martin Braithwaite etched a 3-0 win for Barcelona, but what were the other stats that dominated the game of play? Barça Universal takes a look at the same.
No better to kick off this statistic special other than El Presidente Gerard Pique. Taking charge of the defence alongside Oscar Mingueza and Clement Lenglet, the Spaniard came up clutch to seal the game for Barcelona with the last play of the game. A sensational header into the bottom corner to reach his 49th goal for the club.
Gerard Piqué has scored 49 goals for Barcelona in all competitions, of which 20 have been headers. Yesterday, he scored his latest goal for the club in any competition (93:08). El Presidente.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 4, 2021
— Opta pic.twitter.com/QUcAGMfMM6
Pique certainly came up clutch in the attack for Barça, but he was an ever-present force in the defence as well. Despite Sevilla pressing extremely high early on, the 34-year-old was not dispossessed even once in two hours of play.
Gerard Piqué made 21 ball recoveries, and did not lose a single ball against Sevilla. pic.twitter.com/gdOrHCBd7g— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 3, 2021
It is a good time to mention Clement Lenglet as well, who seems to have redeemed himself with two show-stopper performances against Sevilla. The Frenchman came was a rock in both games in the week, and one of the best players for Barcelona.
Clement Lenglet did not commit a single foul against Sevilla, won all his aerial duels (8/8), and all of his ground duels (2/2). Redeemed.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 4, 2021
— Sofascore pic.twitter.com/1RTW8mLtqP
Lionel Messi may not have been on the scoresheet for Barcelona, but he did not stop giving his all at any time through the match. Additionally, he was very important for the team in extra time as he held up the game through his intricate dribbles and ball retention.
Leo Messi completed 11/11 dribbles against Sevilla tonight. ELEVEN. pic.twitter.com/NuO3TJ44Ln— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 3, 2021
Jordi Alba may be a defender on paper, but he has been an incredible presence for the team in the attack throughout his tenure. Yesterday, as well, Alba relentlessly put in crosses, continued to sprint forward. He assisted Martin Braithwaite for the winner yesterday with a tremendous cross that met the Dane’s dive.
Jordi Alba in extra-time for Barcelona:— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 3, 2021
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— @Barca19stats pic.twitter.com/qkpociC9mO