From left to right:  Ten Hag, Antonio Conte, Xavi Hernández and André Villas-Boas


The possible substitutes of Koeman if the Barça does not rise

Published:16/09/2021 - 22:05h

Updated:17/09/2021 - 01:41h

After Barça's reality bath against Bayern, the possibility that Koeman has his days numbered at the Camp Nou is latent, something that will put managers to work

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There are too many open fronts in the FC Barcelona and little margin of action. The team has remained signalled after the defeat in front of the Bayern Munich in the phase of groups of the Champions League, that finished being a bathroom of reality. The blaugrana are very far to be in capacity to litigate by the titles, at least right now, and in the breast of the barcelonismo the worry is maximum. Although the economic situation and the market of signings 'crazy' are conditionings, Ronald Koeman is in the eye of the hurricane.

The Dutch is the first pointed and already even from the club would be asking his immediate dismissal because it does not fulfil with the expectations. This, however, is not a decision that can take airily because it supposes to pay the compensation by dismissal, a figure that the Barça, being realistic, can not allow at present. Besides, from the offices of the Camp Nou do not have options to achieve a spare, as it has informed in the last days.

Nevertheless, in the 'market' there are trainers that fulfil with the profile that needs the Catalan club. The complicated, in case that it produce the dismissal of Koeman, is that they wish to assume the challenge to direct a team when the season already is under way, knowingly that it will be very difficult that arrive reinforcements. To continuation, review the 'candidates' to replace to the trainer of Zaandam:

Xavi Hernández, the dream culé

If there is something in what it coincides, probably, all the barcelonismo, is that Xavi Hernández has to train sometime to the team. The problem is the when, especially because it does some months renewed his agreement with the To the-Sadd. The legend of the Barcelona entity goes back to be in the eye of the hurricane and, although there are not contacts, is an important option in case that Koeman finish doing his cases and abandoning the City Condal.

The big problem is that Joan Laporta has his reservations with the one of Terrassa, after having supported the candidature of Víctor Font in the presidential elections of the past month of March. It does some months, Xavi had announced that "I do not have any haste. Train to the Barça is a dream and an illusion and did not imagine me that it had had two offers. I seat me much readier and expect that all arrive".

André Villas-Boas, an option that already has sounded

The name of the Portuguese trainer has sounded in several occasions to train the FC Barcelona, although it is not a candidate so mediático. A point that is important is that it is without team since it abandoned the Olympique of Marseilles by differences and problems with the directive of the French club. Jorge Sampaoli finished occupying his place in the team and, since, has been without work.

It does not present like the first neither better option, but has in favour two key points: his wage could be asumible for the club and would adapt easily to the philosophy of the club blaugrana. Has a lot of experience in clubs of the elite (Carry, Chelsea, Tottenham...) And always it has bet by the good game of attack.

Antonio Conte, without team

If the Barça wants a trainer 'top' that was free, the ideal person is Antonio Conte, the one who gave by culminated his stage in the Inter of Milan this summer. It was related with the Real Madrid and others 'big' of Europe, but finished remaining on holiday and the Barcelona could take advantage of this -grandísima- opportunity.

Already the past season won the Series To with the Inter and has characterised for working a lot in his approaches, leaving a 'mark' in his teams by his requirement (that it is maximum), hard hand (if a player is not to the one hundred percent, seats it that's that), in addition to that looks for the leadership in the field, a factor that is missing in the Barça. The big problem would be his wage.

The options 'impossible' for the Barça

In the same dynamics of the realism, very necessary in these times of crisis in the Barcelona entity, it is necessary to be conscious that it is very difficult that the club can hire to a trainer that at present have team or that was between the best of the world, because this means an outlay inasumible for the Catalan entity.

Nevertheless, there are several names on the table that interest to the Barça. Julian Nagelsmann is one, but has agreement with the Bayern and does not go to move. Have Hag, of the Ajax, is an alternative, but finish to renew with the club of Ásterdam until the summer of 2023. Joachim Low Also has sounded, but is taking a time 'free' and refused any proposal.

Trainer of the house?

The Barça has home to two big trainers that could be able to assume the charge of Ronald Koeman in case that it was sacked. SAnd treats of Jordi Cruyff, son of the mythical Johan, and Sergi Barjuán, current trainer of the filial. Nevertheless, there are two problems importantísimos: the first is that Jordi, that is working like sportive adviser of Laporta, does not want to occupy the charge of some fellow personnel of his family, to the one who respects enormously.

In the case of Sergi, from the technical direction do not consider that it was smart to give the jump to the first team, considering that the start of the Barça B in his first season to the control has been all less convincente.

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