Koeman, ‘cruyffcified’

Ronal Koeman, before meeting Laporta in the summer.ALBERT GEA / Reuters

Koeman now only needs to resign as one more act of service to the club after apologizing in the Camp Nou press room. “If you don’t understand me, forgive; it’s my fault ”, concluded the coach after trying to explain the game against Granada. He even coined an expression for posterity that definitely widens his distance from the Cruyffist orthodoxy that Laporta represents. The “tiqui-taqui”He will give a lot of play as long as the coach continues, pardoned by the president, who needs time to find a substitute who is not provisional but who agrees to lead Barça’s sports project.

The Dutch coach will never give an attack of style and will hardly become a tactical strategist because he was always a possibility, consistent after all with his status as a Wembley hero for the goal he scored from a free-kick against Sampdoria. Koeman always occupied more winning than playing, so that when he draws or loses, it is cannon fodder for those who are in a hurry and fear that if the crisis is not acted, he will go from the bench to the Camp Nou box. The Barça performance on Monday was not only reprehensible but also contrary to football culture and the supposed greatness of a club like Barcelona.

The question is therefore in knowing if it could have been played in a different way from that of the pitch in the event that a score as demanding as that of the Barça stadium had been forgotten. Koeman responded that with the current squad it is difficult to compete better, a statement shared by Piqué, one of the captains, after the 0-3 against Bayern. The argument would sound like an alibi if it were not for the fact that the limits and possibilities of the team are unknown and to what extent a football plan consistent with the triumphant history of Barça after the economic and sports bankruptcy caused by Bartomeu is applicable.

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The question is highly debatable and Koeman may not be the ideal coach for the Barça that Laporta wants. The problem is that the matter has become a hand in hand that reveals the lack of sports structure of the entity after the football director, Mateo Alemany, and the technical secretary, Ramon Planes, have to deal more with managing the misery of planning the future in accordance with the financial instructions set by the CEO, Ferran Reverter, and the guarantors led by Eduard Romeu. It is no longer enough to excite and invoke Cruyff but you have to know how to explain what the cruyffism without Cruyff.

Although he knows where he wants to go, the president does not know how and with whom, tied hand and foot financially by a crowd and only sportingly, mortgaged by the unexpected departure of Messi. The disastrous inheritance received should not only serve to justify Laporta’s work, contrary to his electoral declaration, but also to understand Koeman. It happens that the story arrives contaminated because many friends of the president were also friends of Koeman and Messi. The division poisons the debate and turns the continuity of the coach into a nuclear issue because it not only affects the team but also the club due to the mistreatment of Koeman before the complacency of a squad that ages very badly on the one hand and on the other grows prematurely before the insubstantiality of the middle class (Ter Stegen, Coutinho, De Jong).

Koeman can be put on and taken off in the same way that he must be respected and not discredited for his service to the entity regardless of the president and the moment of Barça. The club often despises its footballing heritage and poorly digests the goodbye of its figures: life without Messi is as hard as the postcruyffism and the deskubalization what Vázquez Montalbán would say. Disaffection competes today with the division in a Barcelona fans scared by improvisation after being portrayed in Europe and denied in LaLiga. Koeman is not ashamed to admit it; Laporta can’t afford it.

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