The Spanish press puts Ronald Koeman‘s head on the chopping block. The Barcelona trainer saw his team lose 3-0 at Benfica on Wednesday night, and according to the media, it’s time for Koeman to leave.
Marca comes with a hard head. “The best thing is to leave: Koeman away from the bank of Barcelona and Barcelona itself away from Europe”, you can read. “He dares to give young players a chance, but is short as a tactics and trainer who can tilt a match. In normal times Koeman would be fired in the next few hours, but the way Barcelona handles things has long been no longer normal. ‘
El Mundo Deportivo is also highly critical of Koeman’s performance through leading journalist Edu Polo. “The biggest mistake that has been made is that they didn‘t fire him in June. Koeman showed last year that it’s not a coach who can lead Barcelona and that being the Wembley hero isn‘t the only argument he could do with. You just have to look at his career to know. And he’s not a Cruijffista either… ‘
El gran error fue no cambiar al entrenador and junio. Koeman ya demostró el año pasado que no era técnico para el Barça y que ser el héroe de Wembley no era argumento suficiente para dirigir al equipo. Sólo hay que repasar sus 21 años como entrenador. Y the cruyffista teen poco…
— Edu Polo (@EduPolo) September 29, 2021
The editor on duty of Diario SPORT, a Catalan sports newspaper, is already seeing the mood. “This team needs a change in leadership. Without a doubt, that should start with the technical staff, but also in the dressing room. There are players who don’t deserve to play for Barcelona. Koeman, of course, is not the only culprit in this situation, but he can‘t stay a minute longer as a coach. That would be implausible.”
La Vanguardia is completely blaming Koeman. ‘The coach makes multiple mistakes and causes chaos at Barcelona, which is humiliated by Benfica. Koeman is a bad friend of his players, because his lineup and tactics were wrong. He did not shoot himself in the foot, no, he tied his own hands and legs. The team didn‘t play well and that was because of their own coach. ‘