Thursday, January 27

Koeman’s Barça (chapter two) starts up full of doubts

  • The coach is still pending the continuity of Messi and completing a template conditioned by the reduction in the salary bill

  • The coach has summoned nine youngsters from the subsidiary, but dispenses with Ilaix Moriba, to whom the club sends a message: either renew or not enter first-team dynamics

Everything is still to be done at Barça. Ronald Koeman, the coach who will end the second year of the contract that he signed with Josep Maria Bartomeu, lives pending the mobile waiting for him to Joan Laporta I communicated the continuity of Leo Messi, a key factor in the composition of the new squad.

Key on an economic level and key, of course, on a sporting level since the coach considers the Argentine captain as the pillar of his second project. A project that was born full of doubts and unknowns because the club, as Laporta himself recalled, is obliged to reduce the salary mass of the squad by 200 million euros to adjust to the financial fair play established by the Professional Football League (LFP ) chaired by Javier Tebas.

Without the 4 signings

Koeman has not counted on this first day with any of the four signings made by Barça this summer. Nor with him Kun Aguero, pending the final of the Copa América that Argentina plays against Brazil this morning, nor with Eric Garcia, who takes advantage of the few days of rest between the Eurocup and the Olympics to which he will attend with the national team, nor Emerson, the Brazilian full-back is also in the Copa América, neither with Memphis Depay, who lives his rest period after exhausting his participation in the European Championship with the Netherlands.

In the morning of this Saturday the doors of the sports city have been reopened to receive 12 players from the first team and nine from the subsidiary. They have undergone various PCS tests and serological tests before starting training this coming Monday. But none of the four new faces have come from Koeman’s second chapter as coach at the Camp Nou.

The ‘Ilaix case’

Not even the 12 who have returned to the dressing room today are guaranteed their continuity next season. They were Ter Stegen, who arrived with his son, Dest, Piqué, Riqui Puig, Sergi Roberto, Pjanic, Dembélé (injured), Coutinho (injured), Umtiti, Neto, Ansu Fati (injured) and Wagué.

Of Barça B, which will be directed this season by Sergi BarjuanIlias, Gavi, Comas, Ramos Mingo, Nico, Arnau Tenas, Álex Collado, Iñaki Peña and Yusuf Demir have been there, who landed this Friday in Barcelona from Rapid Vienna on loan.

Ilaix was surprised by the club’s move to send him to work with Sergi Barjuán’s Barça B

And from day one, the new directive, with Mateo Alemany as the head of the football area, he wanted to launch a powerful message with Ilaix Moriba. The 18-year-old has one more season left on his contract. It ends in 2022. At the moment, there is no agreement to extend it, so the club has decided not to summon him to carry out the preseason with the first team, despite the fact that he already debuted last season with Koeman.

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But both the coach and the board consider that Barça must mark borders, especially in the economic sphere, taking into account the delicate situation that the club is experiencing. If he does not renew, he could appear on the Barça B squad and not the first team.

Ilaix did not expect this forceful measure from the club since he believed that when he was in the negotiating process he could continue to have first-team dynamics, as he already experienced last season.

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