Since Barcelona left La Liga, Ronald Koeman walks with the crooked gesture in the Sports City and, above all, vindictive in the press room. “In August we would have signed the season we have done. We have won the Cup and we have fought for the League. In 2021, the image of the team has been good and that has given hope to get the title. But there have been a couple of games where we haven’t been at our best. In general, with all the problems we have had, the season has not been bad. Not very good either, but it was good considering all the conditions, “said the Dutch coach. When former president Josep Maria Bartomeu signed Koeman after the Lisbon debacle against Bayern, it was clear to him that he needed a coach to navigate the transition and, essentially, who could lead the locker room renovation.
Koeman took command and was in charge of speaking with Luis Suárez, Arturo Vidal and Rakitic. He managed the situation of Messi, who had sought to leave the club. And the misrule of the club went through, after the resignation of Bartomeu. “Many times I have had to act as a spokesperson,” he recalled. “I do self-criticism,” added the technician; “I am responsible for the changes we have made, for the young people who have had opportunities, for the moments in which we have not been well. It hurts me to have failed in the decisive section, but we have had many things against us. You have to analyze everything. It’s not that I consider myself the best coach, but I see myself very capable of continuing to be Barça’s coach ”. The Dutchman assured that he does not regret having accepted Bartomeu’s offer. Unlike. “My dream had always been to coach Barça. There is a high pressure that I accept ”, he said. However, Koeman pointed out to the press: “In this country the coaches are highly criticized. Sometimes we are disrespectful and that makes me doubt, but I want to continue ”.
Koeman repeats and repeats that he wants to continue; Laporta, however, plays distracted. He had already done it during the campaign. “Koeman has room to go, but that room will be determined by the results and the game. It is the law of soccer ”, said the current president during the campaign. And, as soon as the results stopped accompanying, five points of the last 15 at stake for the League, and Barça said goodbye to the title and the coach felt alone, without institutional support.
“In the last part of the season I have not noticed the support of the club. I understand that there are doubts about what happened at the end of the course. If you think another coach has to come, let me know, “he said. Names of his possible substitutes began to circulate in the Catalan press, as well as the footballers that the club intends to do without. Something that upset the Dutchman. “You have to respect the coach and the players more. The footballers are touched, they do not deserve this treatment. There are many things that we have to do differently ”, he insisted.
The Barça coach also recalled that his work has not changed. “I speak with Ramon Planes [secretario técnico] and Mateu Alemany [director de fútbol] and we planned the next season, “he said. “But is he going to continue?” They asked him. “I dont know. I really don’t know. I haven’t spoken to the president since lunch. We will talk after tomorrow’s engagement [el Barcelona cierra la Liga este sábado a las 18:00 horas ante el Eibar en Ipurua]. I have said from day one that I want to continue. We have to change things, but I want to continue. The president will have the last word ”, Koeman closed.