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Ronald Koeman and Barcelona fans now have the luxury of having Joan Laporta as the president of the club as he swept the polls in the elections on Sunday with a massive advantage over Victor Font and Toni Freixa.
One of the issues that would have to be sorted out under president Laporta is whether Barcelona’s coach Ronald Koeman would continue at Barcelona beyond this season. Laporta has always shown support for Coman but has insisted that his continual would depend on results and performances.
Koeman has surely done reasonably well both in terms of results and performances this season and this serves as one of the reasons why his continual as coach of the club should be seen as a priority. Koeman has been able to improve the performances of several players like Frenkie De Jong, Ansu Fati, and Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Antoinne Griezmann. These players now assume a key role in the team and are taking up important responsibilities.
The results have also improved compared to last season when the team fell horribly at the hands of Bayern Munich. Koeman’s men have made it to the finals of the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa Del Rey this season although they lost the former to Athletic Bilbao.
Another reason why the continual of Ronald Koeman at the club should be paramount is because of the way he has control over the dressing room. One could tell that the players are ready to play for him, even the veterans are willing to listen and learn from him because of the charisma and courage he carries. The team feels more united because of this compared to the way it was under former coach Quique Setien, for example.
Koeman has also shown that he is the best coach for this current Barcelona team which is still under transition. After last season’s disappointment, it was clear that important changes were going to be made and that meant that certain players had to leave and the expectation had to be lowered. Koeman has taken advantage of this by grooming youngsters and giving them chances in many games.
Youngsters like Pedri, Araujo, Fati, Mingueza, Dest, Trincao, Puig, and Moriba have been given opportunities to show their worth and it is to say that most of them have impressed. This shows that Koeman is breeding these youngsters to become world-class players.
Ronald Koeman has also improved the mentality of the players as the players who seemed uninterested and mentally unstable are now warriors who would fight till the very end. This season already, Barcelona has had to win matches despite going behind for larger parts of the game. The games against Real Sociedad in the Super Cup, Granada in the Copa Del Rey, and Sevilla in the Copa Del Rey where they made a comeback shows how improved their mentality has become.
Laporta must not be enticed by the prospect of bringing in new coaches who would have to incorporate his style and approach which might take a longer time for the players to adapt. Barcelona should stick with Koeman because he represents the future of the team.