FC Barcelona: 3 reasons why Ernesto Valverde should be sacked by Barca
Ernesto Valverde has carved out a decent career for himself. Having managed a flurry of sides including Olympiacos, Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal, Valencia, and currently Barcelona.
He has amassed a total of 9 trophies over his ongoing fifteen year long career. Having completed multiple spells at Olympiacos and Athletic Bilbao, Valverde definitely is a pretty experienced manager.
Valverde first rose to prominence as Bilbao's manager, as his side thumped Barcelona 5-1 in the Super Copa de Espana in 2015. Masterminding a 4-0 demolition of the high flying Catalan giants, and later suffocating them in the second leg to a 1-1 draw.
He gave Bilbao their first trophy in close to three decades. While he was lauded as a hero in the streets of the Basque region, not everyone was convinced with his record when he was announced as the successor to the treble delivering Luis Enrique.
Valverde wasn't the high profile manager the fans demanded after being dumped out of the Champions League by a sturdy Juventus side, and all of their inhibitions about him have turned out to be true.
Over the years, Barcelona has had great managers who have left a mark on the club, and they brought something different to the table. Recently, Pep Guardiola turned this club into a serial winner that battered teams in style.
Beautiful football was his thing, and he amazed the world with his meticulous tactics. Luis Enrique came and tweaked that system a bit. He focused on the front three, and he moved the focal point of the team from the midfield to the forwards.
Once again the Spanish giants had the world at their feet. The trio of MSN did things unseen in football before this. Valverde lacks that drive to inspire the side when they're down and out.
Here are the reasons why Barcelona must sack him to return to the pinnacle of European football.
#1 Pragmatic approach
Time and again Valverde has been too conservative in his decision making. Putting out defensive line-ups and ultimately costing the side matches. A prime example of this would be the second leg of the tie against Roma in the Champions League last season.
Having beaten Roma in the first leg by a comfortable 4-1 scoreline, everyone predicted it to be a straightforward tie as the Catalans were already through to the next round. The sensible thing would have been to start with our strongest eleven, score early, and kill the tie as Roma had an outside chance because of their away goal.
Instead, Valverde decided to play Sergi Roberto and Andres Iniesta as the wide players. Roma blasted through a toothless Barcelona as Manolas took Rome to cloud nine as he scored the winner.
That is not how Barcelona plays. No matter what the scoreline is, this club looks to win every single match, be it the Clasico or Copa del Rey clash against a third tier minnow.
He set the side up to sit back and defend the lead, something Barcelona isn't known for. Time and again he has done this, and every time he has - Barcelona drops points, get knocked out of competitions, and look like a shadow of the club that won a sextuple under Pep Guardiola.