Friday, 11 September 2020
“I appreciate that he has accepted this challenge as these are not easy moments,” said Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu at Ronald Koeman’s unveiling as the new coach on August 19. Taking charge of an ageing team that had just leaked eight goals, easy moments they certainly weren’t for the Barcelona and Holland great but the club’s biggest crisis was still six days away.
Lionel Messi has since said he is not leaving but the interview where he declared that also had a scathing indictment of Bartomeu who could be facing a no-confidence vote before Barcelona kick-off in the 90th season of La Liga whose start was deferred by a day to Saturday.That happened because the Spanish federation opposes games on Fridays and Mondays, its stand based on players’ association feedback. The league’s argument that games be held on those days because of Covid-19 was shot down by a judge on Wednesday. Originally scheduled to begin with Granada hosting Athletic Bilbao, La Liga will now start with Eibar-Celta Vigo.