BE: Valverde feels that Bartomeu wanted his resignation

first_imgThis medium ensures that Valverde did not receive a clear response in the face to face and that, finally, Barça called his representative in the middle of the afternoon to inform him that the dismissal would be effective in the next few hours. Thus, this Tuesday will be the last day of Ernesto Valverde in Barcelona. The coach of Viandar de la Vera will go to his office in Sant Joan Despí to collect his things and say goodbye to the first team and employees of the club. They add in the BEING that the president stressed that “there was a lot of pressure” and denied the information that pointed out that the club had gone to look for Xavi Hernández to be his substitute. Valverde took the opportunity and asked them to be clear. The Txingurri called on those present to call his representative if they wanted to fire him and warned: If I did not receive an answer I would go to the training on Tuesday. Ernesto Valverde stopped being coach of FC Barcelona on Monday. In the club there were doubts with Txingurri and the defeat in the Spanish Supercup ended up sentencing him even if the team went to the Champions League qualifiers as a group champion and is the current leader of LaLiga Santander.Before the announcement of Quique Setién as his substitute, There were several meetings in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper between the board and also the board with the coach. After training, Ernesto Valverde met with Josep María Bartomeu, president, the executive director Òscar Grau and the manager Javier Bordas to elucidate his future. According to Sique Rodríguez in Cadena SER, Valverde left that meeting with the feeling that Bartomeu was trying to force his resignation.last_img read more

What’s gone wrong at Real Madrid?

first_imgHere, AFP Sports looks at what has gone wrong for Madrid just a few months on from winning four trophies (Champions League, La Liga, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup) in four months.Squad shortagesAs rampant inflation engulfed the transfer market, Madrid were praised for their prudence in the summer as they made a 75 million euro profit.However, in letting Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez, Pepe and Danilo go, Real are now being accused of resting on their laurels.The club continued their policy of recruiting the best young talent in Spain in Dani Ceballos and Theo Hernandez, whilst Jesus Vallejo, Marcos Llorente and Borja Mayoral returned from loan spells.That bet on the future may work out in the long-term, but Real’s lack of depth at centre-back, right-back and centre-forward has been exposed, three positions where Morata, Pepe and Danilo bolstered a deep squad last season.Lack of late showsReal Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane attends a training session at Valdebebas Sport City in Madrid on September 8, 2017Flat form from Madrid through the Autumn months is nothing new. Indeed there is little difference in the level of Real’s performances from this time last season.Madrid often cruise through the early part of the campaign to save their energies for the business end of the season.However, unlike last year, Madrid aren’t bailing themselves out of poor displays with late goals to keep themselves in the title race.Nine times Zinedine Zidane’s men salvaged points in the last 10 minutes of La Liga games last season.In the current campaign, only Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner at Getafe has snatched victory late on, whilst they conceded in the 93rd minute themselves to lose at home to Real Betis last month.Tiredness tellsThat lack of late rallies is undoubtedly related to fatigue after a relentless last 12 months.On top of winning four trophies earlier in the year, Madrid also flew to Japan to win the Club World Cup last December and embarked of a gruelling four-match pre-season tour across the United States.“In Girona there was a lack of energy,” former Real player, coach and sporting director Jorge Valdano told Onda Cero radio on Sunday.Success breeds complacencyZidane couldn’t be accused of taking Girona lightly as he named his strongest available team, including nine of the side that started June’s Champions League final.However, Real took their foot off the gas after Isco fired them into an early lead in Catalonia.“We lacked a bit of attitude, we allowed them to come back very easily,” admitted Isco.“We need to play better and work harder,” added midfielder Casemiro. “Madrid are always obliged to win.”Misfiring RonaldoReal Madrid’s forward from Cristiano Ronaldo looks downwards during the Spanish league football match against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 20, 2017In his previous eight seasons with Real, Ronaldo’s goal tally after 10 La Liga games read: 5; 11; 10; 11; 8; 17; 8 and 5.Entering November, Ronaldo has just one league goal this season, in part caused by missing the first four Liga games of the campaign through suspension.Yet, even since his return, one goal from a total of 40 shots in five games means the Portuguese  — recently crowned as FIFA’s player of the year for 2017 — has the lowest shot conversation rate in Europe’s top five leagues.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane joked that he was “jinxed” as his team comes under attack for their misfiring start to this season’s la Liga campaignMADRID, Spain, Oct 30-Following a shock 2-1 defeat to newly-promoted Girona, European champions Real Madrid’s La Liga title challenge is fading fast as they trail leaders Barcelona by eight points.Real have never overturned that big a deficit to win La Liga and are also four points back on a revitalised Valencia.last_img read more