QUOTAS TO THE WINNER OF THE LEAGUE 2021-22
Ronald Koeman was walking a tightrope before playing Granada on matchday five of the League after losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League debut. Six days after the defeat to the Bavarians, the sensations did not improve excessively at the Camp Nou after a draw in the last minute to a goal against one of the worst teams in the category. The Catalans already see Real Madrid and Atlético escape, but the problem is not the points but the feeling of permanent vulnerability of a team that seems not to have overcome the departure of Leo Messi to Paris Saint Germain.
The Dutchman, who leaked through his environment the harsh conversations he had with President Joan Laporta when his continuity was negotiated this summer, has been adding setbacks since then with controversial decisions. The loss of style against Bayern, the poverty of the game shown against Granada or their refusal to play with a 4-3-3 Like the rest of the culés subsidiary teams, they have left the board in a situation of maximum tension with their coach.
The bad news for Laporta is that there is no money to sign a top-level coach, those who come from the quarry are not trusted and the favorite Xavi Hernández does not seem willing to sit on a bench that is more like an electric chair than a comfortable armchair. Laporta seems obliged to understand Koeman, unless the Camp Nou dictates a sentence if the team continues on this dangerous path that makes the Catalans lose their identity as a club. You know, you don’t negotiate with ideals.
But Koeman is not the only culprit in a crisis that extends to all lines. Ter Stegen is not the goalkeeper who saved points constantly, the defense is a drain with the focus on Eric García’s early childhood, in the midfield Busquets seems old and exhausted, while Luuk de Jong has not fulfilled what is assumed to be an international striker. The coach’s requests, despite the effervescent emergence of Memphis Depay, have not marked any kind of difference so far this season.
The cards are on the table and Koeman’s situation couldn’t be more complicated. We are talking about a technician who is virtually dismissed, but who will not leave until Laporta finds a replacement of level. The situation evokes the couple maintaining their relationship knowing that they will break up if a better girl or boy appears. The only obvious thing is that there is no one who recognizes this Barcelona and part of the fault lies with Koeman. How the hell were they not able to trace him back to Granada? The odds of this Barça to be League champion have already fallen to [5.50], while the Madrid of Vinicius and Benzema flies to the [1.73]