It’s been a tough couple of days for FC Barcelona and especially for Ernesto Valverde. The team lost in the Spanish Super Cup semifinal vs. Atletico de Madrid, Luis Suarez went under the knife and will be sidelined for 4 months, and now Valverde’s future is up in the air.
The Spanish boss has failed to close out games and has constantly fallen short when it matters the most, being knocked out of competitions after jumping to a comfortable early lead.
And now that this is becoming more of a trend, it looks like Valverde’s days at Camp Nou are numbered, with the team reportedly looking for a replacement all over the continent.
Thus, former Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta thinks the club has done Valverde wrong, claiming they’ve disrespected him with ‘ugly behavior’:
“Barcelona’s behavior has been a little ugly. You have to have respect for your current coach. The way things are done is what can hurt the most,” the Spanish legend told Onda Cero.
Moreover, the midfielder added that he “hopes the situation at the club is solved because it’s not nice what’s going on, not for the coach, the players or the fans.”
When asked about the possibility of Xavi Hernandez replacing Valverde at the bench, Iniesta didn’t want to speculate and claimed the only person who knows whether he’ll take the job or not is Xavi:
“The person who knows best whether he’s prepared or not is Xavi,” Iniesta added.
Massimiliano Allegri, Ronald Koeman, and even Mauricio Pochettino have also been linked with a potential move to Barcelona, but Valverde hasn’t even been fired yet.
The team is still firm in their pursuit for another La Liga trophy and made it through the next round of the UEFA Champions League, so perhaps it’s not the best moment to think about a coaching change that could end up hurting their chances of winning some silverware.