Barcelona in crisis? Ernesto Valverde faces an uncertain future


For most clubs, winning the league title in the last two seasons, moving into the round of 16 of the Champions League this season as group winners and the captaincy of Lionel Messi, one of the greatest football players, would be reason to celebrate triumphantly.
But Barcelona is different, it sees success through a different prism, which is why the future of coach Ernesto Valverde is uncertain according to numerous reports.
And domestic success means little if, for example, the team wastes a 3-0 lead and ingloriously withdraws from the European cup competition.

Although Barcelona won the La Liga last season with 11 points and only lost three times throughout the season, Valverde lost 3-0 to Liverpool in last season's Champions League semi-final.

That Valverde – who signed a contract extension until the end of this season last February – held on to his job after losing to the Champions League and then losing to Copa del Rey against Valencia may be a bigger surprise than the Spaniard's announcements on Monday death.

It is the recent loss to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia that has led to Barca's indifferent away team in the league. This seems to have forced the club's hierarchy to look for an immediate successor.
The great Barca Xavi, who recently started his managerial career at Al-Sadd in Qatar, has reportedly refused an approach to Valverde's successor this month. According to The Guardian, Xavi's rejection has left the club in "executive pending".
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The Spanish newspaper Marca says that Xavi – the heartbeat of Barcelona's all-conquering team under Pep Guardiola – would consider the takeover in the summer, but where does that leave the club in the meantime?

Another former Barcelona player was connected to the job of current Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, but since the Dutch are favorites to win the European Championship this summer, it would be a surprise if the former Barca defender this season Valverde would replace. The English tabloid Daily Mail says that former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who currently has no club, could be a possible replacement.

The news that striker Luis Suarez is expected to take a break of around four months after knee surgery makes Valverde's headline week even more difficult.

Valverde oversaw the practice on Monday, and the man who led Barcelona to two championships remains responsible for now – but he seems to be taking his time.