Koeman, in the sports city of Barcelona.PAU BARRENA / AFP
Ronald Koeman takes the focus off the template and puts it on the offices.
In the preview of Barcelona's duel against Cádiz at the Joan Gamper Sports City, the Dutch coach was expected at 1:00 p.m.
He appeared at the appointed time with the press officer of the first team.
Then came the surprise: Koeman put on his glasses and began to read a statement.
Once finished, he got up and left the press room.
There were no questions.
“The club is in the process of rebuilding.
This process needs support, in words and in deed ”, asked the Barça coach.
Koeman: “What is there to do?
Play tiqui-taqui? "
At the club, no one expected Koeman's attitude. The Barcelona press office learned of the coach's decision a few minutes before his appearance, as did the first team squad. The coach, in the changing room of the Sports City, informed the four captains that he was going to read a statement. "What could we tell him? It was his decision, "says one of the heavyweights of the group. On the other hand, Joan Laporta did not receive a direct message from the Dutch. It was a Barça employee who informed the president of the coach's decision. The club tried to dissuade Koeman. There was no case. "We have the feeling that Ronald did not want to submit to questions about his continuity," they explain in the Camp Nou offices. "It seems as if he wanted to become the great martyr of the situation," they analyze in the sports area.
The players from the locker room followed Koeman's speech that lasted two minutes and 49 seconds.
The words of the Dutch coach surprised the Barça group.
“It is true that the squad is what it is and the club is as it is.
But he is the coach.
You have your responsibility.
In addition, all this generates more noise ”, they explain from the Barcelona group.
In some levels of the club it was considered a challenge to the board, equally surprised by the attitude of the coach.
"We respect his decision to make the statement, but we are not going to answer anything," they reply from the club.
“Good morning everyone, the club is in a rebuilding situation. Barça's financial situation is linked to this reconstruction process. This means that we have to rebuild the workforce without being able to make large investments. Soccer takes time and young people can become great players in one or two years. The good thing is that young people will be able to have opportunities like Xavi and Iniesta had in their day. Europe can help grow, but you cannot expect miracles in the Champions League.
The defeat against Bayern last week has to be analyzed in that perspective.
The process our staff is in needs support;
with words, but also with deeds.
I know that the press recognizes this process.
It is not the first time that it has happened in its history at FC Barcelona.
We count on your support in these difficult times.
We as the coaching staff and the players are very happy with the support we had from the fans in the match against Granada ”.
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