The saying “It’s like yesterday” applies to Barcelona, where the Catalan team and its Dutch coach Ronald Koeman live in an atmosphere they experienced a year ago.
Barcelona started the year 2021 with relatively good results, with 3 consecutive victories against Huesca, Athletic Bilbao and Granada.
Barça is preparing for a new challenge when it meets Real Sociedad on Wednesday, in the Spanish Super Cup semifinals.
This competition is a valuable opportunity for Ronald Koeman and his men to escape the zero season’s ghost, which he suffered from last season. In this report, he
In a report published by ” Koora “, in which he reviewed the similarities between the conditions he lived in in 2020 and repeated before him at the same stage at the beginning of this year.
Last season, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde led the team to the top of their group in the Champions League, beating Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, and Slavia Prague of the Czech Republic.
As for the current season, Koeman has achieved 5 consecutive victories with Barca against Juventus, Dynamo Kiev, and Hungary’s Frenkvarrozi, but lost the group lead in the last round by falling to Juventus by three at Camp Nou.
Domestically, Barcelona may have been relatively better off with Valverde than his Dutch counterpart.
In their last La Liga match, Barcelona hard-won a 2-2 draw with neighboring Espanyol, adding to Ernesto Valverde’s pressure.
At that time, the Catalan giants were in second place in the La Liga table, one point behind their traditional rivals Real Madrid, after 19 rounds of the competition.
This season, Barcelona have faltered a lot in La Liga under Koeman, and the team dropped to third place, 4 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who have 3 games left.
Despite European scandals over two consecutive seasons and coming up with a humiliating scenario against Roma in 2018 and then Liverpool in 2019, the Barca administration decided to keep it, but it ran out of patience and could not bear the team’s loss against Atlético Madrid 2-3 in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup last year in Jeddah.
Koeman remains threatened by Valverde’s scenario, but a few days before the new elections for Barcelona, will the interim administration decide to oust the Dutch coach if he fails the Super Cup, whether in front of Sociedad or the final in front of the winner from Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao?