FC Barcelona – La Liga The loss cost Valverde his job
On January 9, 2020, Barcelona lost the Supercopa de Espana semi-final against Atletico Madrid by a 3-2 scoreline, with two late Rojiblanco goals eliminating the Catalan club and costing Ernesto Valverde his job.
That defeat, which came just after a disappointing derby draw with Espanyol, saw Barcelona dismiss the coach who had won them two LaLiga Santander titles.
In came Quique Setien and he was in charge for 25 matches, with a record of 16 wins, four draws and five defeats. The toughest defeat, of course, was the 8-2 Champions Leagye humiliation up against Bayern Munich.
During a summer of turmoil, Barcelona turned to Ronald Koeman and he hasn’t been able to lead the Blaugrana back to success either.
There have been off-the-field issues at the club, but Koeman‘s on-the-pitch tenure has been defined by inconsistency.
The Dutchman has openly spoken about trying to win LaLiga Santander, but it would be something of a miracle if they manage to given that they’ve already lost four times.
Some pre-candidates for the presidential elections have already suggested that Koeman would be pushed towards the exit door should they win, so Barcelona would be looking for their fourth coach in the space of just over a year.
That loss in Saudi Arabia changed the Catalan club’s trajectory and they’re still trying to react.