How Barca are going to fare this season with Valverde at the wheel
In his blog post, our user Ike Brace discusses whether the Catalans are doomed with Valverde remaining their head coach.
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Barcelona have the opportunity to replenish their squads with the imminent arrival of Neymar from PSG. The Club has been ruthless on the market signing Griezmann, De Jong, Firpo, and potentially the arrival of their very own prodigal son (Neymar), out a lot of cash. If Neymar's deal should go through, Barcelona will become the talk of the footballing world, with high expectations, especially from the Board and fans all over the World.
Many fans will have hopes rise, passionate enthusiasm will go up, with many preparing for celebrations even before kickoffs, while others will look forward to the new season with great expectations, delight, and excitement. Many fans are already boasting about their team’s envisaged exploits, and perhaps a happy season ahead.
However, can we have hopes high when FC Barcelona still has Ernesto Valverde as a coach? This is a burning question that should linger in the minds of FC Barcelona fans. Are they going to gnash their teeth, as many fans mourn at the end of the season that, what should have been a fruitful season, was never?
EVV as a coach for Barca in two seasons has been successful in winning two LA Liga's, one Copa del Rey as well as beating Real Madrid back to back in Classico, but failed to win the UEFA Champions League twice as well.
Although Barca may still be rated among the best, it has always fallen short of the expected level of performance in the European Cup. EVV's ill tactics have ruined Barcelona's chances of becoming European champions after suffering from a historic comeback from Roma and Liverpool respectively.
The presence of Griezmann and potentially Neymar gives Barca a boost of “a star-studded Attack” with Messi, Suarez and Dembele already being part of the team. Could Barca possibly fail again in Europe this season? Yes, in my opinion when they still have a defensive mind coach at the helm of affairs. The expectations created by signing on good players can be achieved but not with a Coward that is afraid to play beautiful attacking football.
Even though some players like Coutinho and Dembele flopped, we cannot heap blame on them while we overlook EVV's inability to identify their strengths, and weakness in his tactics. He also failed to instil the clubs’ playing philosophy and culture into the players. Building a team should be done with a positional purpose in mind and not just the best players, tactics and style of play also has a huge bearing but he did always overlooked this and played Coutinho out of position.
If the club wants to achieve European Glory this season, then EVV shouldn't fail to come up with good combinations from the pool of players he has. Unlike last season, the pressure is high and to achieve great results, he needs to be a strong coach to control players egos, especially when there are few gaffers in that frame.
Though it will take time for the team to gel once the club has been able to assemble the best footballers, Fans all over the world expect immediate results.