Barcelona will tackle Actual Sociedad within the first semi-final of the Supercopa de Espana on Wednesday night time in Cordoba. It’s the second time that the competitors will probably be performed in a quadrangular format.
The primary, which came about in Saudi Arabia, was a tragic reminiscence for the Catalans. They misplaced in opposition to Atletico Madrid on January 9 final yr – and the defeat was the start of the tip for Ernesto Valverde. This was not due to the defeat itself, however as a result of it was the newest setback which broken the crew’s picture.
No crew has received the Supercopa extra time than Barcelona’s 13, which is 2 greater than Actual Madrid.
Days of search
It was one yr in the past at this time, January 13, that Valverde was dismissed from his submit. Simply sooner or later later, sporting director Eric Abidal and common director Oscar Grau tried to persuade Xavi Hernandez to take cost. As a substitute, it was Quique Setien who accepted the function.
Whereas Valverde had retained the assist of the dressing room, together with Lionel Messi, the board thought-about that the very best and solely option to progress was by a change of coach.
However Setien’s work on the Camp Nou didn’t result in the anticipated restoration that Josep Maria Bartomeu and co. had anticipated. Outcomes on the pitch had been related, probably the most painful of which was the 8-2 defeat in opposition to Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarter-finals.
The arrival of the ex-Betis boss didn’t change the dynamic within the squad both. In reality, Setien and his employees by no means fairly managed to attach with the dressing room, significantly the larger characters. Continue reading