Monday evening, FC Barcelona conceded a sad draw against Granada (1-1, 5th day of La Liga), equalizing only in the very last moments thanks to a helmet blow from Ronald Araujo. At the end of this game, Ronald Koeman presented himself disillusioned at a press conference, explaining that times had changed and that we should not expect as much from the Blaugrana team, affected by the departure of his idol Lionel Messi and in plagued by immense financial difficulties.
Since then, the Dutch technician is announced in the hot seat and the names of his possible replacements are everywhere in the Spanish press. The Batavian, on the eve of a trip to Cadiz (6th day of La Liga), arrived in front of journalists in a special atmosphere on Wednesday, around 1 p.m. But while we expected a classic exchange between our colleagues and him, the coach put on his glasses to read a fairly clear statement.
Three minutes of strong words
“Hello everyone, the club is with me in a reconstruction situation. The economic situation of the club is linked to the athlete, and vice versa, this means that we have to rebuild a squad without being able to make big investments. Football needs time, young people who are starting out can be world stars in a couple of years. The positive side of this situation is that the youngsters can have their chance like Xavi and Iniesta had in their time. But that takes patience ”, he read before continuing.
“In addition, to finish in the top places of the Liga table would be a success. Europe can be a good school for our young people. But we cannot expect miracles in the Champions League. The defeat against Bayern (0-3) must be put into perspective. The team must be supported, in word and in deed. I know that the press supports this process, this is not the first time that this has happened in the history of FC Barcelona. We count on your support during these difficult times. We, players and staff, are very happy with the support we received during the match against Granada. Long live Barça “, he concluded.
In the space of three minutes, Koeman therefore took a cold and lucid look at the state of crisis that reigns on the Camp Nou side, inviting the socios to patience and reason, before leaving the auditorium without answering. to no questions. He has also challenged his management to face up to his responsibilities, delivering a discourse of truth about the club’s real goals this season and taking on the role of captain of the ship in the midst of a storm even more so as it is being announced over and over again. on the go. What will Joan Laporta say? The season promises to be very long in Barcelona.