American Football

Why did Barcelona sack Ernesto Valverde?

For most clubs, winning successive league titles, progressing to the knockout stages of this season's Champions League as group winner and being captained by Lionel Messi, one of soccer's greatest players, would be reasons to triumphantly cheer.But Barcelona is different, it views success through a different prism, which is why Valverde's reign has come to an end after just under three years at the helm. For the Catalans, one of the most successful clubs in European soccer, it is not only about what is won, but how those victories are achieved. And domestic success means little if, say, the team squanders a 3-0 advantage and exits Europe's premier cup competition in inglorious fashion. Though Barcelona won last season's La Liga by 11 points, losing just three times all season, ever since the Catalans squandered a 3-0 advantage in the semifinals of last year's Champions League to famously lose 4-3 to Liverpool, Valverde's position as manager has been in the balance. That Valverde — who signed a contract extension last February to the end of this season — clung onto his job after that Champions League defeat and a subsequent Copa del Rey final loss against Valencia was perhaps a bigger surprise than Monday's sacking. It is the recent loss to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, added to Barca's indifferent form away from home in the league, which has prompted the club's hierarchy to replace Valverde with former Real Betis coach Quique Setien. However, as with most successions, it wasnRead More – Source

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