Carles rexach was clearly in favor of the continuity of Ronald Koeman in front of the bench FC Barcelona next season, which would allow the Dutch manager to fulfill his contract. The former Barça coach argued his position in statements to Esports Cope. “Now you have to give Koeman his year, the players he asks for and then ask him for results,” he summarized.
The current collaborator of MD He stressed that, in his opinion, if Barça have not won the league “it is not the coach’s fault” and admitted that the hiring of Koeman almost a year ago after the 2-8 defeat against Bayern convinced him. “I liked his signing because he is a guy with personality,” he said, warning that “Barça in some games have wanted to change things and have not had the players to do it.” In that sense, he added that “with Koeman some games have been played well, such as the Real Sociedad or the Cup final, but there has been no continuity because the ups and downs are from a team that is unbalanced and is not done.”
“Xavi has an ideal profile, but he will have time to come”
The possibility that another coach will take over the Barça squad this summer, which in that case would be the fourth in just over a year after the farewell of Ernesto Valverde Y Quique Setien, does not quite fit into the scheme of a stable club. “I would continue with Koeman for another year. Who are you going to sign? There is talk of Xavi, who has an ideal profile, but will have time to come. It’s what I think, but I’m not in charge, “he said.
The presence of several former teammates of his in the current squad would be an added difficulty for Xavi, In your case, according to Rexach, the ‘when’ is key. “Xavi will train Barça and I’m sure he will do very well, but he has to train with a totally new project. Now there are ten players who have played with him and that complicity is difficult to bear. If there are new people and that compadreo does not exist, it is easier to make a team work. If you take it tomorrow, nothing happens, but I would tell you to wait a year or two ”, he recommended.
Another reason that Rexach argued to persist in the commitment to Koeman is precisely to give stability to that bench that has been so shaky lately. Imagine that tomorrow Xavi or whoever arrives and things don’t work. Will you change coach again? It’s the same thing that happened with Valverde, that at one point we burned two coaches. The rush is not good in anything, not in football because the results do not depend only on the coach, “he stressed.
“One thing is to play well and another to win games”
Furthermore, for Rexach nothing in football ensures success. “Surely if I take a team, or Xavi, or Guardiola, it will play well. But one thing is to play football well and another is to win games ”, he concluded.