With Ronald Koeman‘s first season as Barcelona coach now finished, it’s time for his job review.
Although he has made positive steps, such as the Copa del Rey triumph, the demands at the Camp Nou are such that this may not see him keep his job this summer, especially after president Joan Laporta recently promised a change in cycle at the club.
Here, we look at how he has fared as Barcelona coach, and predict whether he will still remain at the club next season.
Trophy drought comes to an end
Following a trophyless 2019/20 campaign, the Dutchman brought the Copa del Rey back to the Camp Nou.
This fact can’t be taken away from the Dutchman, whose side lifted the trophy in Sevilla following an epic run to the final featuring unlikely comebacks and stunning goals.
Pedri takes his place in the Barcelona and Spain line-up
Just as Andres Iniesta had Louis van Gaal to thank for trusting him in the first team, Pedri will always be grateful to his Dutch coach for the opportunity given over the campaign.
Koeman has provided the platform for the young starlet to flourish, with a place in the Spain squad for the European Championships reserved for him.
Variety of systems
Koeman has brought a tactical wealth to Barcelona not seen for many years.
Whether Barcelona play with a 4-3-3, 4-4-2 or a 3-5-2, their ability to tactically dominate opponents has been a key factor in much of their success this season.
The signing of Dest
When Sergino Dest joined Barcelona last summer, this was largely down to the persistence of his new coach, who knew him from his time in the Netherlands and was desperate for his club to move for the young Dutch fullback.
His decision has been vindicated completely, with Dest‘s performances being one of the highlights of his side’s side.
Trust in the academy
Throughout the campaign, the Dutch coach has continually demonstrated his faith in youth players, allowing them to become established first-team stars.
Ilaix Moriba, Oscar Mingueza and Ronald Araujo have enjoyed excellent seasons, thanks to the trust of their coach.
Getting the best out of Dembele
Since his arrival, Koeman has made it his personal mission to get the best out of Ousmane Dembele, whose career at the Camp Nou had previously been underwhelming.
In this regard, Koeman has achieved stunning success, with the Frenchman enjoying his best since for the Blaugrana.
De Jong’s best form
After a disappointing first season at the Camp Nou, the pressure was on Frenkie de Jong to turn his career at the Camp Nou around this season.
With Koeman on the touchline, the midfielder has done so, enjoying a magnificent season and establishing himself as one of Barcelona‘s most important players. ?
Starting to filter the squad
When he took charge last summer, Barcelona’s squad was old, demotivated and badly needing new ideas.
With the sale of players such as Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal, Koeman has paved the way for the complete regeneration of the squad.
Not working well with Riqui Puig
Unlike Dembele and De Jong, Koeman has struggled to connect with Riqui Puig.
The La Masia starlet has had a bit-part role the whole season, which surely is one of Koeman’s major failures.
Another disaster in Europe
This Champions League campaign was dreadful once more for Barcelona, as they crashed out to Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16.
Although Barcelona put in a strong showing in the second leg, the damage was done after the 4-1 home defeat.
Struggles against the best sides…
This season, Barcelona have consistently failed to defeat their biggest rivals, both domestically and abroad.
In LaLiga Santander, their two defeats to Real Madrid cost them dearly in the title race.
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Defeats against Granada and Celta Vigo were the nail in the coffin in the LaLiga Santander title race.
This failure to overcome the smaller sides was a severe failure from Koeman.