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“You Won’t See Me At Camp Nou For A While” Former Barca Coach Confesses

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Barcelona made the decision to sack former coach, Ronald Koeman in October last year after a defeat to Rayo Vallecano and brought in Xavi Hernandez.

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That decision seems to have paid off as Xavi has since taken over and Barcelona are gradually improving, playing football more in line with their tradition and beginning to put together a strong run of results domestically and in Europe.


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But the Dutchman and club legend is still upset with his sack especially the lack of support in the transfer market from the club and lack of patience for him to turn things around for the club.

“You won’t see me at Camp Nou for a while, I can’t do that yet,” Koeman said. “With this president I can’t pretend that nothing happened. They didn’t give me the time they’ve given Xavi [Hernandez]. It’s painful for me. I wasn’t Laporta’s coach. I had that feeling from the first moment; there was no click after the election. That necessary support from above was lacking.

“The important thing was never money for me. I really wanted to succeed as coach of Barcelona, to do everything I could. But I realised that Laporta wanted to get rid of me because I wasn’t appointed by him. Although he told me a thousand times that Xavi wasn’t going to be his coach, because he lacked experience. But he needed a shield, someone to hide behind.”

Koeman took over at Camp Nou in the summer of 2020, just after the Blaugrana had been hammered 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon.

He took them to third placing in the domestic League and won the Copa Del Rey, beating Athletic Bilbao in the final. The new season never really took off for his team following the exit of Lionel Messi from the club and it all went downhill from there until his sack in October.

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Barcelona may have overtaken Real Madrid in the race to sign young talent, Pablo Torre, who is dubbed the next Pedri due to his excellent displays for his team. Torre who plays for Racing Santander and came through the youth team of the club, made his first-team breakthrough back in 2020.

While he enjoyed a fairly productive debut season, the teenager has stepped up his game in the ongoing campaign, racking up six goals and seven assists in 23 matches, leading to comparison with Pedri, who is also lighting up the world of football with Barcelona.

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Real Madrid may have have taken the first concrete steps to sign the player, Barca may have jumped ahead of the race due to their coach. Under the 42-year-old manager, the likes of Pedri, Gavi, Nico Gonzalez, Ez Abde have enjoyed a lot of progress at Camp Nou in recent months.

So, it could have played on the minds of the young Torre, while it also helps that he happens to have the same agent as Xavi. Barcelona may be in the lead, but there is still plenty of competition apart from Real Madrid in Real Sociedad, Ajax, Arsenal and FC Twente.

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