Ernesto Valverde found it an unpleasant experience. After two and a half years dealing with Barcelona and presenting two Spanish La Liga titles, he must be willing to be kicked out of the manager’s seat earlier this week. However, the former Athletic Bilbao coach still gets praise from a number of parties, including from Barcelona legend, Carles Puyol.
Barcelona is expected to kick Valverde since a series of poor results obtained by the club in the first half of this season. It is true that the Catalan giants are at the top of the La Liga standings, but some results seem disappointing. The climax, speculation the dismissal of the manager heats up as the failure of Messi et al in the Spanish Super Cup.
Sure enough, the day after the failure, precisely on Tuesday morning WIB (01/14), Valverde was fired from the manager’s chair. This dismissal had been previously thought, but Valverde’s performance for two and a half years dealing with Barcelona cannot be ignored.
Coming as a successor to Luis Enrique in 2017, Valverde immediately managed to present the Spanish La Liga title in his first season. He then successfully defended the title the following season. But apart from that fact, there is one thing that makes Puyol impressed with the figure of Valverde.
It is the manager’s calm to face the complicated situation in Barcelona. In the midst of this situation, Valverde is still able to deliver Barca to the top of the standings and qualify for the last 16 of the European Champions League.
“I thank Valverde. For me, he has worked very well. I remember my early days in Barelona. Five years passed without a single trophy. Valverde has won two La Liga titles in two years, he also left Barcelona at the top of the standings, qualified for the Champions League knockout phase and he was fired.” said the Legend as quoted by Marca.
Meanwhile, Barcelona itself has appointed Quique Setien to be the new manager. Related to this appointment Puyol also prayed for the best for the former club.
“I always want the best for Barcelona. The end of the season will be the final decision whether Setien is good or not. I hope everything goes well for him. “He said.