Barça are living their worst start of the season in the last 25 years. Therefore, there’s no surprise that the shouts of ‘Valverdeout’ are back. Will the Basque coach leave?
Saturday’s surprise 2-0 loss to Granada signalled Barca’s worst start to a top-flight season in Spain in 25 years. They have lost two of their opening five matches and have just seven points on the board.
The squad flew back to Barcelona straight after the game and will return to training on Sunday. The post-mortem into what happened at Granada and why they were so comfortably beaten will begin then.
Valverde took responsibility for the defeat in his postmatch news conference, with sources telling ESPN that part of the squad has been left disappointed with the side’s performances away from Camp Nou this season — especially the display at Granada.
“Something strange is happening,” one source close to the dressing room told @ESPNFC after the Granada defeat. “The team is playing without intensity and they’re not creating anything.”
Sources close to Barca president Bartomeu have told @ESPNFC that he is not someone who loses nerve or who makes impulsive decisions. Valverde has a contract until 2021 and it would take a prolongation of the club’s current form to lead to the drastic measure of sacking him.
Valverdeout? Not so fast. Bartomeu will only make a drastic change if he will feel like its his obligation.