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Sacking Ernesto Valverde Would Be The Right Call For FC Barcelona

Juan Pablo Aravena in Editorial, La Liga 22 Sep 2019

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FC Barcelona could be close to become the biggest team to NOT have a manager in place during the 2019-20 season. Everybody thought Zinedine Zidane was close to leave Real Madrid but instead, Los Cules could be close to dismiss Ernesto Valverde.

And really, no one could say anything about Los Blaugranas’ decision if it becomes a reality. The team’s start to the 2019/20 season has been really poor, and it seemed as if Barca had lost track of where they were going and where they needed to be in order to become a contender.

What could be the reasons behind Valverde’s exit?

Let’s start by looking at the team’s performance in league play. Valverde won La Liga title in each of his two years as Barca’s manager, but he hasn’t done much aside from that. He lost the Copa del Rey final last season, couldn’t reach the UEFA Champions League Final in his two years at the helm, and has been largely disappointing when it mattered the most.

His Champions League exits could also stand as one of the biggest reasons why Valverde shouldn’t remain at Barcelona anymore. Disappointing defeats against AS Roma and Liverpool – both after going up by three goals in the first leg – have shown he just doesn’t have the pedigree needed to manage Barca at crunch time.

Plus, it seems as if Valverde has lost the team. There was a reported meeting at the end of last season to analyse the manager’s future following the loss during the Copa del Rey final, but the Board decided to hold on to him. In fact, Barca brought players such as Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann to further strengthen the side. But the results haven’t there to start the new campaign.

A terrible start to the season could be the nail in the coffin

Los Blaugranas have registered just two wins in their first five Liga matches (W2, D1, L2). They are also winless on the road following their first three away outings (D1, L2), including losses against teams such as Granada and Athletic Bilbao.

Defensively they have been a problem as well. Barca have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four league outings. Plus, they are yet to keep a clean sheet in La Liga. Their lone shutout this season was the scoreless draw against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League. But let’s be honest. Los Blaugranas should’ve lost that game. Marc-André ter Stegen was the lone reason why they came out with a point out of that fixture.

If we add all these things into the mix, then it’s crystal clear. Valverde shouldn’t be held at Barcelona any longer. The team hasn’t been playing the way he wants, and things appear to be not working anymore.

It’s better to remove him now, rather than doing it when there’s no time to left to save what has been an underwhelming start to the 2019/20 season.


Juan Pablo Aravena

A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.



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Bro, what’s this about? I’ve checked just bout every other trusted source of footballing news, and none of em have reported this?! Don’t you know how sensitive this is for us barca fans? Don’t play like that man


it’s a long overdue decision. it should have happened at the end of last season

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