Ex-Barcelona managers offered their opinions and defended Ernesto Valverde.
With Ernesto Valverde’s future as Barcelona manager up in the air, former club managers and legends gave their opinions surrounding his situation.
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Spain coach Luis Enrique defended Ernesto Valverde but also understood the pressures that come with managing a club as big as Barcelona.
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According to Diario Sport, Guardiola said,
“Managers are always judged by their results regardless of what we do. Barcelona is a special place because winning the league is not enough. I’m so sorry for Ernesto Valverde, he doesn’t deserve this.”
Luis Enrique, who was present at the Spanish Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid was also asked about his former club.
According to Mundo Deportivo, he said,
“He’s doing a very good job. They’re leaders, he’s won two La Liga titles and are in a position to win all the competitions. He’s one of the best and most experienced managers, without a doubt.”
He did admit, however, that coaching a big club comes with its drawbacks. A loss immediately brings up speculation about the continuity of a manager.
Both Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique have a pretty good idea of what they’re talking about as they left a legacy at the club and were the two managers to win a treble while managing Barcelona.
Both also left on their own terms deciding not to renew their contracts. However, none faced the speculation regarding their job like Ernesto Valverde.
Guardiola managed arguably one of the best club sides in history during his spell. Luis Enrique was at the helm for that amazing comeback in PSG in the Champions League so supporters still have fond memories of them.
They both won a Champions League which is something Valverde has not done. His Barcelona side has crashed out in tremendous fashion the last two seasons. While he can’t stop the fact that his players are getting older, he’s also done a poor job of giving opportunities to younger players.
Managers are judged by their results like Guardiola said. But at Barcelona, managers are judged by their results and the way they get the result. The style is something that’s gone away under Valverde.
He may not shoulder the entire blame for that but a change needs to be made and like the old saying goes, it’s easier to change a manager than it is the players.