Comment on FC Barcelona: Ronald Koeman makes it too easy for himself

FC Barcelona leaves a disastrous impression against FC Bayern. Coach Ronald Koeman has to pay for the years of failure at management level, but is not to blame for the sporting situation. A comment.

Tiki-Taka with Xavi and Iniesta, cabinet pieces thanks to Ronaldinho and Neymar, dream goals from Messi and Suarez – nothing is left of the year-long spectacle that the spectators at Camp Nou could marvel at. The reality: Sergi Roberto safety passes and half-field flanks on Luuk de Jong. No wonder that the fans let their team feel what they think of this type of football when they went down 3-0 against FC Bayern.

There was a hail of whistles and, in the end, even malicious applause for every pass that had arrived. What emerged in these 90 minutes was the result of years of mismanagement and bad decisions at all levels – especially with regard to transfers and overestimated player salaries, which were ultimately partly responsible for the departure from Messi.

The problem with the new old President Joan Laporta is that his predecessor Josep Bartomeu left him in ruins. His promise to bring magical sporting moments back to Camp Nou comes second. He has to stabilize the club economically – and that is not a task for the next few months, but for the next few years.

The victim: Coach Koeman, whose offensive hopes are no longer based on Messi, but on Memphis Depay. Sacking the Dutchman after the bad start of the new Champions League season would be unfair, especially since he is missing a large number of players due to injuries who could be important for Barca of the future. Ousmane Dembele, for example, but above all Ansu Fati.

Koeman laments and does not practice self-criticism

Barca never fired a single shot at Manuel Neuer’s goal in their own stadium. And afterwards Koeman lamented that his team was plagued by “physical problems” at the moment – even though they hadn’t been in action the weekend before.

Criticism of the ultra-defensive system with three central defenders, far too slow and sometimes ailing side lane players (Sergi Roberto on the right, Jordi Alba on the left) as well as the already mentioned very easily transparent offensive game? Nothing.

Incidentally, it was Koeman’s wish to make a commitment to the former Gladbacher de Jong after Antoine Griezmann’s last-minute departure. The fact that the 31-year-old is an upgrade for the team that urgently needs a breath of fresh air from their own youth can be doubted after his first appearance.