Ronald Koeman gave the “blue garnet” six years of his career as a player. These were the best years of his performances, which included four championships in Example, one Spanish Cup trophy, three victories in the Super Cup of the country, as well as triumphs in the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup in 1992.
But now the 58-year-old Ronald no longer plays, but leads the Catalan grandee, having ascended his coaching bridge on August 19, 2020. But the Dutchman disappointed. And not in any one aspect, but in several at once.
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Where are the trophies?
The Spanish Cup was won, in the semifinals of which Sevilla was heroically passed (after 0: 2 away they won a 3:0 home victory with a goal with stoppage time and a winning shot in extra time). However, in the final Athletic was smashed to pieces – 4:0. Well, after all, this is Athletic, which is now ninth in the Spanish championship table!
Where is Barcelona?
The Dutchman immediately began at the head of the team, one might say, a stormy activity. He immediately managed to remove Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic from him. They didn’t fit into his coaching concept. But, as it turned out, the very concept of Koeman turned out to be some kind of ephemeral phenomenon. She seemed to be, but with difficulty and, most importantly, not always visible.
They expected a new impetus to the team from the new mentor. She had to start, if not all, then a lot anew. However, alas. Yes, in December-January the Catalans were good, they were on a good unbeaten run, but then the team’s calendar was excellent. When the time came for the top matches (the Spanish Cup semi-final with Sevilla and the 1/ 8th Champions League fights with PSG), the Catalans just swam.
He’s not the true “Catalan”
It should be admitted that it was difficult for Ronald Koeman, because he had to lead the team in a difficult coronavirus time. She was deprived of the support of her native tribunes, did not feel the frantic help from her torsida. In fact, she single-handedly confronted her rivals. But other Spanish clubs are in the same position now, not just Barcelona.
In addition, the “blue-garnet” were not so lonely. The fans followed the team, they were on the sidelines, but close, and, probably, they waited more than anyone else and believed in change. Evidence? Laporta’s victory in the early presidential elections for the club, and in general a high display of their civic position by the Barcelona fans. But among the Catalans Kuman-coach did not become “his own”. The Dutchman did not have a large number of well-wishers and supporters in the fan social environment.