Stats show Barcelona’s new manager could be the ideal replacement for Ernesto Valverde

Share

Barcelona decided to replace Ernesto Valverde with Quique Setien

Barcelona shocked the footballing world by replacing Ernesto Valverde with Quique Setien.

Valverde was on borrowed time after some poor performances this season, and the former Athletic Bilbao man was sacked a few days after the Supercopa de Espana exit to Atletico Madrid.

The former manager did help Barcelona to two La Liga crowns, but exits in the Champions League showed how much Barca had fallen.

Quique Setien replaces Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona’s new manager (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool mauled them 4-0 in the second leg of the semi-final last year. That result was tough to believe given that Barcelona came into the game with a 3-0 lead from the first leg.

The team hadn’t been playing great football and it will be interesting to see how Setien does.

The 61-year-old managed Real Betis for the past three years but left the job in May 2019.

The Catalans have been in the shadow of Pep Guardiola ever since he left and they haven’t been able to constantly dominate possession in their games.

Setien’s Betis had an incredible possession record in 2018/19 which was almost as good as Barca’s.

The new manager also picked up a La Liga record for the highest possession since 2013/14 too.

Setien has a lot of work on hand

Barca have depended on Lionel Messi for a long time and Setien needs to get them playing better football.

They are tied with Real Madrid at the top of the table on 40 points.

Further, they have a tough clash in the Champions League with Napoli in the knockout round.

More Barcelona news

Setien doesn’t have a lot of time to learn about his team either, and it could be a testing time for club and manager in the coming weeks.

Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. FIFA addict, F1 fanatic. Follow me @bonbonkayzee

Recent Posts

Summer of Euro 2020 and things you can do to have fun

Resorting back to your tried-and-true favorite activities when you’re looking for something fun to do…

12 hours ago

Celtic interested in 23-year-old Tottenham defensive ace

Celtic interested in Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers According to Larry Henry Jr. of US outlet…

1 day ago

Euro 2020: Breakout Players to Watch

International football competitions often provide young up and coming players with the launchpad they need…

2 days ago

Done Deal: Hearts sign 24-year-old winger on a permanent basis

Hearts complete permanent signing of Josh Ginnelly after loan spell According to BBC, Scottish Premiership…

1 week ago

Watford in talks with Rangers over a summer move for 25-year-old midfield star

Watford open talks with Rangers for Glen Kamara According to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari (h/t…

1 week ago