Rating Ernesto Valverde in Rome failed crusade
The defeat that crosses out all that's been achieved before
Let us make it known that we aren't fans of jumping on the hate bandwagon whenever the team get a bad result or put in a mediocre shift. There must be some positives. Then let's find them here too, shall we?
Well, it's really hard to. Valverde basically fielded the same line-up that earned him a 4-1 win a week earlier. That was an operating system with the basic principle 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'. How many of you could've thought it was broke at the start? Neither could we.
Only it was 'broke' and Ernesto Valverde had an entire first half to realise it, digest it at the break, and readjust his team. He did not. When Roma made it 3-4 on aggregate, Valverde stood his ground. For fans, it's easy to holler 'Bring Dembele on!' and other less coherent demands, but each decision is huge for a coach, not as easy as it seems.
Not a single fucking sub. I’m convinced Valverde wants us out of the CL.— Monzi (cvg) (@Magic0fBarca) April 10, 2018
Yet it was so flagrant the chosen model was not just falling apart at the seams, it was not working at all! If you're unwilling to reshuffle personnel, then at least try something new tactically. Move your players! Yell at them!
When Roma scored with 8 minutes left to play, Valverde realised that was the time. He took the plunge and brought...Andre Gomes on. The coach introduces your team's least effective player, a clanky midfielder whose main strength is his well-gelled hair, for the decisive eight minutes of the season. Was that meant to inspire the team? Was it even worth a try? Ernesto?
Barcelona Live rating for Ernesto Valverde: sorry, but 0 out of 10.