The debate about Ernesto Valverde was already being talked about at the end of last season. The controversy was evident.
He’s not the only one to blame for this deplorable start to the season, but he is one of the major reasons for the disaster.
His decisions, his doubted ability to react and the symptoms of defeat that he transmits are one of the biggest weaknesses of this Barcelona. But, I insist, he’s not the only one.
However, in football you already know that the most logical measure, or at least the most possible in terms of infrastructure, is to search for a change in the dugout.
Josep Maria Bartomeu won’t do it because the right time was at the end of last season and if he didn’t think about it or dare to then, he won’t do it now with a full season ahead. But there are more than enough reasons to do so.
You can’t keep a coach who loses knock-out Champions League ties two years running having won the first leg with a thrashing.
You can’t understand that there are so few options in central defence that a central defender was not a priority in the summer, or that he didn’t share this with the technical secretary.
It doesn’t make sense that three away games in a row, the opposition look to shut down the passes of your midfielder, Frenkie de Jong, and you don’t change anything to find a solution.
It’s not logical to play two games already this season with a full-back on his weaker foot, Nelson Semedo, when he has shown that he can’t.
It’s not good for the dressing room that a player has such a disorganised life and numerous acts of indiscipline, Ousmane Dembele, yet still has opportunities when injuries permit.
There is no rational explanation that a player, Carles Alena, can start the first game of the season and then disappear from matchday squads.
That your starting central midfield away from home, when you come from two draws and a defeat away from Camp Nou, is a player you wanted to sell in the summer, Ivan Rakitic and a player forgotten about in the last two games, Sergi Roberto. Even less so when Arthur has played two great games.
Barcelona, today, play worse than ever, they’ve lost their incredible record in the league and offer the same doubts as always in the Champions League.
With an unbalanced squad, depending on a 16-year-old kid and the same guy as always, who is more human with the passing years, to save the day.
Leagues aside, Valverde is not able to recover Barcelona, their level of play or their results.
He’s lost all possible credit and his ability to react is nil. What has to happen for Barcelona to decide to change the coach?