Can Koeman succeed in his first season at Barcelona? This is not only a test of Koeman's tactical skills, but also his emotional intelligence and coaching ability. The coach of a football club is not necessarily a tactical master to succeed, and high emotional intelligence is also a necessary condition. Barcelona has a turbulent lineup this season. After cleaning up many players, the lineup has not reached the strongest level of its heyday. This will test Koeman’s coaching ability. At the same time, a very important figure Koeman needs to be taken into account. He is Messi.
In fact, whether Barcelona can regain the La Liga championship depends largely on whether Messi can maintain a good form. The striker, born in 1987, has reached the age of 33. In fact, Messi's running ability has declined a lot in recent years, and the number of defenses he participated in the team has gradually decreased, resulting in the characteristics of Barcelona's offensive and defensive weakness. If Messi can maintain a good form and ensure the efficiency of goals or assists in La Liga, then Barcelona is still likely to regain the La Liga championship.
But don’t forget, the Barcelona club has sent away Messi’s best friend Suarez. The Uruguayan striker can actually guarantee very high scoring efficiency and competitive ability, but the mediocre Bartomeu sent him to rival Atletico Madrid, which is too ridiculous. This not only reflects the chaos of the club's management under Bartomeu, but also proves the low emotional intelligence of the club chairman.
Messi said at the beginning of the 2018 season that he hoped to bring the Champions League back to the Nou Camp, but he did not expect the tragedy at Anfield. In 2020, the team experienced the coach's dismissal from get out of class and a big loss against Bayern, which made Messi completely disappointed with the club management. The aging lineup and ineffective play made this team dumbfounded. The team has cleaned Rakitic, Vidal, Semedo, Suarez, which disappointed Messi, so they made an application to leave the team.
Messi's idea is that he will continue to play in Barcelona for another year, and after the end of the year, he may leave. As long as Bartomeu is there, it is impossible for the club to return to its peak state. Messi’s attitude is also on the sidelines. After all, the club has a general election. If Laporta can return to the club, the possibility of Messi staying with the team will be very high. But there are always exceptions in the football world, let us wait and see.
In the first few rounds of La Liga, we can see Koeman's tactical thinking to promote Fati, Messi is still in his comfortable position, Griezmann was placed in the second half. The central role of De Jong has been established in the midfield, but Koeman has not introduced Wijnaldum and Depay, which he has insisted on, so the current team lacks the hardness of the midfield and the speed of the frontcourt. In the competition with Real Madrid, can Barcelona use Coutinho and Dembele to surprise their opponents? I had to let time give us the answer.