Luis Enrique and Ronald Koeman, two different trainers in the FC Barcelona


The big difference between Luis Enrique and Ronald Koeman as Barça's head coaches

Published:18/02/2021 - 21:38h

Updated:19/02/2021 - 01:12h

The FC Barcelona has fallen goleado by the PSG in two occasions: 2017 and 2021. The big difference has been the attitude of the technicians after the defeat

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In the football, in addition to the tactical approaches, alignments and all the appearances to take in account when it jumps to the field, influences in a big measured the attitude and mentality of the players and technical body. In the Champions League, where the level of the team is very upper and the surprises become the norm, the winning mentality is -almost- so important like the talent of the footballers and the recommendations of the trainers.

And if there is something that has punished to the FC Barcelona in the last years, especially in Europe, has been the subject of attitude when the things are not going out well. It seems that the ghosts of Paris, Turín, Rome, Liverpool and Lisbon pursue to the team and leave him in a labyrinth without exit. The Camp Nou has been the last stage in which the Barça has been humiliated, again by the Paris Saint-Germain, and the feelings are more than refusals, no because the team was not able of -again- revertir a marker complicated, but by the image that have left in the field and, later, in room of press.

"A 1-4 usually is very complicated to trace back"

"A 1-4 usually is very complicated to trace back, can you mentir, but there is very few options", said Ronald Koeman when it finished the meeting in front of the PSG of Mauritius Pochettino in the Camp Nou. The Dutch confessed that it was sad and disappointed, but that the fault was his. Of the party, can him recriminar a lot of things: the changes, the defensive system, the non-existent control of the speed of Kylian Mbappé (that it had said in the previous of the party that went it to try), or the little capacity of reaction of the players when they went by behind in the marker.

Curiously, nor is the first time that Koeman has showed his more pessimistic side, that accuses like realistic. Along this year, although the Barça has achieved to be more regulate in LaLiga, has said in several opportunities that is difficult, or almost impossible, reach to the Athletic of Madrid in the highest of the classification, although the 'colchoneros' continue in a negative dynamics of which the Barça can take advantage of.

Definitely, there is different forms to assume a bad result when they still remain ninety minutes for contesting (and litigate) and the one of the entranador culé is not the indicated. It does almost four years, the FC Barcelona was in a very similar situation, by not saying that practically identical. The culés confronted to the PSG in the Park of the Princes and returned to Barcelona with a 4-0 in favour of the French, a result that, in paper, was impossible to trace back.

"If a team like the PSG can put four goals, we can do six"

In this moment, the then trainer of the club, Luis Enrique, encouraged to his team from the minute one after the pitazo final in the French capital. In press conference, against all the prognoses, signed that his team could trace back the marker. "If a team like the PSG can put four goals, we can do six" and, sure enough, the Barça surpassed the eliminatory with a crash for the history in which they annotated six goals in the Camp Nou.

Fault of attitude, leadership, win...

In four years, the Barça has changed a lot and, since, has suffered big disappointments in Europe that the players do not finish to surpass. Since, also, the Barcelona picture has 'happened' by four trainers: Luis Enrique, in this moment, Ernesto Valverde, Quique Setién and Ronald Koeman, all with ideas and different approaches that have not finished of 'give him back' the glory to the Barça and win the Champions League, as it achieved it 'Struggle' in 2015.

But the names in the bench has not been the only that has changed in Can Barça. The first team, although it has veteran players like Leo Messi, Gerard Hammered, Sergio Busquets or Sergi Roberto, has not achieved a leader that motivate to the team and achieve to change the pessimistic attitude in the changing room.


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