After just one season full of hope, Barcelona is in an unbelievable decline. Although ranked 4th in La Liga, at the present time the gap between them and the temporarily top team Girona has reached 8 points.
In the Champions League arena, fans have many doubts about Xavi’s team’s ability to go far even if they win a ticket to the 1/8 round. Seeing how Barca struggled against an underdog team like Royal Antwerp, even the most optimistic Cules found it difficult to think about the prospect of Barca regaining glory in Europe.
The prospect of a blank season is looming for the Catalan giants. It’s still early to talk about whether Barca should think about a new season, but in fact everything is going this way and the most concrete evidence is that the club’s top management is looking for a new coach, after Xavi announced to leave the hot seat.
Xavi has great love for Barca. He is expected to follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson to become the captain who creates a new era for Barca, similar to what the Scottish legend did with Man Utd.
However, that “illusion” soon fell apart after poor performances this season. Xavi’s talent cannot be denied, but to be able to lead a top team like Barca, perhaps the former Spanish midfielder will need more time.
Now, Joan Laporta needs to find a suitable face who can save the image of the Catalan Giant.
The media has made predictions about the next candidate for the position of Barca head coach, such as Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or even the character who seems to go against the club’s football philosophy – Jose. Mourinho.
These are all talented strategists. However, considering the current situation that Barca is experiencing, along with the surrounding financial crisis that has caused them to lose the ability to add blockbuster contracts, convincing one of them to come to Camp Nou is really difficult. improbability.
At this time, they should consider recruiting a coach who understands La Liga to seek opportunities to compete for titles in the domestic arena, thereby adding additional funding before directing their ambitions to the front. Champions League.
If Laporta implements his plan in this direction, Many fans will immediately think of the name Ernesto Valverde.
The 59-year-old captain is a familiar name to Barca. He led the Catalan giants for 3 seasons (from 2017/18 to 2019/20) helping them win 2 La Liga. Valverde.
Ernesto Valverde understands Spanish football. Besides, he also knows how to take advantage of available resources at La Masia. It was Valverde who brought Ansu Fati to light. Besides, it is also necessary to mention the case of Carles Perez – a star player who also stood out in the 2019/20 season.
Valverde has an advantage over Xavi because when he was leading Barca, he worked with Lionel Messi. However, the success that strategist 59 achieved did not just come from any one individual.
Thanks to his long experience fighting in La Liga, Valverde understands the playing style of most opponents. Thanks to that, he can come up with appropriate countermeasures. Even at the present time, he continues to work in his hometown when leading Athletic Bilbao – the team that just gave Barca a bitter result at the Copa del Rey not long ago.
It is known that the contract between Valverde and the Basque team will expire at the end of this season. This was also the time when Xavi decided to leave Camp Nou. Therefore, Barca can try to approach the 59-year-old strategist to ask him to replace the club legend.
Truong Son | 20:58 February 1, 2024