Barcelona are following Real’s footsteps0
After the season, the Catalan Barcelona only got the championship title and lost in the Champions League semi-final and also ended up in prostration in the Spanish cup final.
According to the journalist Joaquim Domenech from El Chiringuito TV, the club management decided to sack the head coach Ernesto Valverde. The mentor came to the giant in May 2017. During this time, Valverde won twice the domestic championship, the Cup and the Super Cup of Spain, but he did not work on the international arena. Last season, Barca got eliminated by Roma, losing at Olimpico 3:0, even though they won the Camp Nou 4:1 before that. In the same season, the Catalans beat Liverpool at home 3:0, but at Anfield the Reds smashed them 4: 0 the same season.
Earlier, the club president Josep Bartomeu said that the management was satisfied with the work of the coach and was not going to dismiss him. However, the journalists suggested that the Catalan Roberto Martinez could become the new team mentor. At the moment, the specialist works in the national team of Belgium, with which last year he took the bronze medal of the World Championship in Russia.
However, this is not the end of Barcelona’s problems. According to the authoritative newspaper Marca, Barcelona also froze the transfer of Antoine Griezmann. The initiator of this was the same Bartomeu. Despite the fact that from July 1, the cost of compensation of the Frenchman will decrease from 200 to 120 million euros, the functionary understands that the salary of the attacker will be about 17 million euros per season.
In addition, a number of Barca players are protesting against the transfer of the world champion. The players did not like that Griezmann stated in a documentary about himself that he would never go to Barcelona. Therefore, Bartomeu fears the amount of work that the club has to do, so that their reputation does not suffer.
In addition, the Catalans also cannot find a buyer for Coutinho, have not decided on a central defender and do not see the vector of further development. Barcelona were lucky that, together with their problems in the crisis of Real Madrid, otherwise the club management could have caused a wave of indignation from the fans in their favor. Considering who Los BLancos are going to buy this summer, Barcelona will obviously have to work hard on the transfer market to at least keep up with the stayer race.