Bartomeu and Koeman, during the technician's presentation.JOSEP LAGO / AF
P After he agreed to coach Barcelona with the candidacy of Agustí Benedito in the 2015 elections, Ronald Koeman was left with the desire because Josep Maria Bartomeu devastated an election that They went out of their minds because the team had just celebrated its second treble in history. Although he also wanted to last year (already with the call from Bartomeu in between), he had to reject the opportunity because it was due to the Dutch team until, at least, a European Championship that was not held due to the pandemic ended. So the third time was the charm, just after Bayern took the colors out of Barça in the last Champions League with an expressive 8-2. “I knew that arriving as a coach in times of covid was already complicated. More because of what had happened at the club and what happens. But there are always difficult moments and others to be proud of. It's my world. If I don't want it, I'm going on vacation. But I do want to be. It's my job ", wielded the Barça coach.
It happens that every week a gossip is mounted in the entity. This week began with the arrest of former president Bartomeu and his right hand, Jaume Masferrer, as well as CEO Óscar Grau and the head of the club's legal services. “When the news came out, I was screwed because I know Bartomeu and Grau well. It tastes really bad to me. Bartomeu for me has always been an exceptional person ”, resolved the coach. But, a club spokesman forcibly into a misgoverned entity, added: “The club's image, once again, is not good. You have to wait to see what happens and what happened. I was not there and I cannot comment. We must concentrate on our work, with respect to the rest of things we cannot do anything. ”
Neither can the coach do anything about the proposals of the presidential candidates, who seem determined to have Xavi on the bench. "It does not worry me. I have a contract and when we know which president wins, of course we will talk; He will show me his way, ”Koeman replied. And, resigned, he added: “Barça was the best place for me despite the problems that exist. My motivation is the same as on the first day and I will be like that until the last, trying to give my best ”. And he listed his duties: “The day they called me I was convinced to accept it. I knew that it was complicated, that the club loses money due to the covid, that there would be changes, that it should give opportunities to young people … I have tried to do what was said and what I had in my head. Life is facing opportunities and solving problems. ”
But Barçagate comes back to the fore and affects Barça when the team plays the most important part of the season. "All clubs have a difficult time. Yes it is true that many things happen to us, but the team and the technical staff are working very well. We are fighting to win. That is the important thing ”. Although against Sevilla he must overcome two goals. “After the other day [0-2 at Pizjuán in LaLiga], we are confident in being able to win. But we have to play an even better game than Saturday's to get through. Nothing is impossible, although we need more effectiveness than lately ”. And he added: “If we go back it would be a very important injection. We think we can, but we have to prove it. ”
For this meeting, he will be able to count on Pedri , who has miraculously recovered from his muscle injury. “There are things that can hardly be explained. On Monday afternoon he was surprised because he trained well and without discomfort. And this Tuesday he trained normally, without problems. I think it could be on the list ”, anticipated Koeman while he put more qualms on Araujo, who has not yet been able to exercise with the group.