To the amazement of football fans around the world, FC Barcelona president Juan Laporta did not fire the first team manager Ronald Koeman. Instead, the couple called for a ceasefire to prepare the squad for the upcoming “El Clیکsico”, where they will face Real Madrid at the end of the month.
Everyone expected Cuiman to be fired shortly after La Liga champions Atletico Madrid beat Blograna 2-0 on Saturday. Queens had to watch the painful game unfold in the stands after lifting the two-game ban last week.
The headlines were speculating about Cuman’s dismissal and possible replacement, especially after Barcelona lost the match against Atletico. However, a seemingly heartbreaking or perhaps a delaying tactic while the club is looking for an alternative, Lipporta has now decided to let the Dutch manager stay for at least the future.
Both Coeman and Lipporta were urging fans to be patient, and also stressed how much help the players need in this difficult time. Coeman also pointed to the club’s injury crisis that is preventing him from releasing the squad’s true potential.
Lipporta knows that firing Cuiman will also mean that the club needs to prepare for another major financial blow that they cannot afford. Not only do they have to pay for Queen’s separation, but they also need to sign a new manager.
Kumen’s two-game ban has been lifted, and Barcelona will have a chance to change things again when they face Valencia. After that, they must win the group stage against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. If they fail to win, it will be another challenge a few days before El Clیکsico.
It is unlikely that Koeman will be sacked on the eve of such a big match. If they lose against Real Madrid, it will probably be the final straw. If they win, it could breathe new life into the Queens era.
Lipporta said the manager deserves the opportunity to take over the reins of a club in a crisis after accepting the challenge, and it remains to be seen whether the ceasefire will pay off in the long run.