How long will the grace period last Ronald Koeman? I ask without acrimony or ringing, out of curiosity. A couple of days ago, just before the Athletic-Barça, the partner Marwan He passed by and asked us to talk about the football game again, but the club’s situation does not make it easy for us. In the hands of a management board, with the two-month elections and the candidates to be defined, and without economic power to maneuver with the winter signings, the immediate future of the Barça It is uncertain. If we add to that the plague of injuries and the draconian schedule, we realize that so far Ronald Koeman’s technical decisions have been a discreet background.
The imaginary culé had assumed that this season they could not expect great things, but perhaps we must already ask ourselves if Koeman gets the best out of his players. In reality, talking about football right now means starting with the basics, and his great tactical argument is the double pivot. In the past, Johan cruyff He warned of the dangers of the double pivot: it is good for defensive teams, he said, but it makes forward pressure difficult – the lines separate and help does not arrive -, it distances the players from the ball and complicates the attack. So, Pedri or CoutinhoSkilled at passing into space and combining, they end up playing corseted.
Another Koeman tic that so far has not worked is the crowd of strikers, desperately, when he is losing. The measure may be born from a visceral sense of football, attacking and attacking and attacking the heroic, but the toll is that the center of the field is lost: the engine room is closed. Against him Athletic, when Sergi Roberto he was injured and Barça was left with ten, played the end of the game without midfielders. How Angel Iturriaga pointed at TwitterIt may be the first time in the recent history of Barça that the team played without a central midfielder, their watchword. It reminds me of that image of John toshack: we run like headless chickens.