FC BarcelonaTOThe season is brightening his virtues as manager
HA few weeks ago, the former technical secretary of Barcelona, Robert Fernndez, spoke for MARCA on the occasion of theMatch 400 by Ernesto Valverdeas a coach in LaLiga. The former Valencian player, in charge of finding substitute Luis Enrique on the bench of Camp Nou, highlighted an attribute of 'Txingurri' above all:"We were looking for a coach to manage the costumes and he was perfect.That was one of the first things I told him.That Barcelona needs more management than training,that in a team that plays so many games it is difficult to have a week to work ".
After a first year in which he had to take refuge in an unpopular system for Barça (4-4-2) to, among other things, compensate the traumatic departure of Neymar Jnior and the long injury that should be his substitute ( Ousmane Dembl),Valverde lives a second course in the Bara in which nothing more in abundance.
Accredited by the double that he achieved in his first year, and chastened by the European elimination at the hands of Rome,It has a template with more alternatives.Account, for example, withCoutinho and Dembl in fullnessto accompany Surez and Messi in attack, and withtwo means as reliable as dismilesin the way of interpreting the game with Busquets and Rakitic:Arturo Vidal and Arthur Melo.
But to more quantity and quality of resources, and counting on that only 11 players can play and that Valverde is not very fond of the abrupt changes,It increases the need to manage competencies, egos, moods and behaviors that do not add to the collective.
This scenario brings out one of the main virtues of the 'Txingurri', that Robert asked him when he went to look for him in 2017.There are already several passages this year in which the extremeo has known how to use the left hand (or the hard one) at specific moments.The last episode was lived the day before yesterday at the Camp Nou, wherePhilippe Coutinhohe saw the light after several games of gloom thanks, in large part, to the confidence that his coach gave him at the lowest moment.
The Rio de Janeiro came to sign a worrying match in Copa del Rey against Levante and, despite this, Valverde gave him the title against Eibar.The player took advantage of the opportunity and showed signs of recovery: he attended Surez in a play of much merit,He left details that pleased the respectable and completed the 90 minutes dividing his performance between two positions, the false end and the interior (for which the theory is signed). The next matches will judge whether the improvement is consistent.
S was it in the cases of Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Dembl,two players that Valverde has had to manage. The Chilean, who started the course making more noise with his messages in the networks than with his contribution on the lawn, had to sit in private to ask for patience and respect as a key step to get his best version, embodied in a series of eight entitlements in 10 games. And the Gaul had to be portrayed in public to correct his lack of professionalism.
The best version of Ousmane Dembl has arrived after Ernesto Valverde portrayed him in public for his usual delays in training and in pre-match calls. After a clash of Champions in Milan against Inter, Ousmane adduced a gastroenteritis to justify his absence in a work session in Sant Joan Desp. And the next match, against Betis, the coachI send him to the standsof the Camp Nou.That gesture, allied with statements without blunders of several heavyweights of the locker room asking for professionalism, led the Frenchman to improve their habits and to give their highest level on the field.
Arturo Vidal's career at Barcelona did not start in the best way.The Chilean, who had been an indisputable holder at both Bayern and Juventus, thought that at the Camp Nou he would continue to play.But no: from the start, he had to be in the shadow of Rakitic, Coutinho and Arthur Melo. It hurt especially to be outside the eleven in Wembley against Tottenham. Feedback using Instagram to channel your frustration. The pulse lasted until Valverde told him privately to ask for patience and commitment. In the end, it had been the Txingurri who had asked for his signing. From that moment, the King became one more, to understand that he was going to have opportunities. Your participation has grown.
It is not easy to adapt Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.The Brazilian, the most expensive signing in the history of the Barca club, arrived in principle to fill the vacancy of Andrs Iniesta in the left inside position. However, he has not been able to surrender ah, but as a false extreme, where he competes with Ousmane Dembl, with whose specific characteristics it is very difficult to compete. 'Cou', lately overcome by the Gallic eclosion,stump background last thursdayin the Levante field. The criticism was tough with its lack of resources on the lawn of the Ciutat de Valncia, but Valverde did not want to take him out of the eleven against Eibar. Doing so may have sunk it. And acert.