Laporta approves of Koeman’s work

Laporta approves of Koeman’s work

Barcelona new president Joan Laporta has extended the main team’s head coach Ronald Koeman’s work.

Questions about who could become the new head coach of Barcelona did not subside throughout the season. Everyone understood that the arrival of Ronald Koeman was an intermediate stage before the return of Xavi, but in a different role. Therefore, the Dutchman’s departure after a season in which only the Spanish Cup was won could be justified.

Barcelona dropped out of the Champions League at the round of 16 against French PSG, without showing a fight in the first match. But the victory in the league could fix everything. Blaugranas did well, but in the end they lost a lot of points, lost two El Classicos during the season and only took bronze. Therefore, the decision on the fate of Ronald Koeman remained on the conscience of Joan Laporta,

“I saw that Koeman was motivated and enthusiastic. If we set the maximum requirements for ourselves, then we will have a good season. We discussed philosophical issues and character. We wanted to understand how board members are set up.

Koeman gave me hope. He is very confident in himself. I wanted to have a personal relationship with him, as was the case with Rijkaard and Guardiola,” the President of Barcelona said.

What does this mean? During the season, Xavi signed a new contract with Qatari Al Sadd until 2023, that is, he did not have to wait. Taking inexperienced Arteta, as it was said in the media, is too risky a decision. Koeman has built a more or less stable game over the season, based on the legacy left by Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien. And the transfers of Wijnaldum and Depay only confirmed the theory that the Dutchman would remain.

In addition, Matthijs de Ligt is on the shortlist of the Catalans. He, too, would like to go under the wing of Koeman, as he had planned before moving to Turin. But whether Barcelona have enough funds for this is an open question. In any case, the fact that Ronald remains at Camp Nou carries more positive than negative. For the first time since Luis Enrique, the team is playing a game understandable to footballers and can claim at least domestic titles. In the face of the problems of Real Madrid, Barca can seriously swing at the golden double, signing all those about whom the media write at every step.