It’s been years since Barcelona looked so bad to their fans. The Granada draw brought back the Gaspart years, a team as impotent as that of Serra Ferrer, Rexach and Van Gaal in his second era.
They had 54 crosses against Granada and ended up with an attack of two centre-backs and Luuk de Jong.
Koeman took the most agonising part of Cruyffismo (putting Alexanco up front) for a double roll of the dice (Pique and Araujo), with 20 minutes to go. That now forms part of the history of this club.
When Koeman leaves and his time at Barcelona is remembered, this will be what they use to criticise him.
“People are unhappy for the result but not for the attitude the team showed,” said Koeman. “If you look at the squad list for today, if you look at the list… you think you can play tiki-taki?” asked Koeman in his press conference.
The coach is looking for solutions. It seems like a reconstruction season, letting the youth players grow and setting the foundations for a competitive future. On the other, Laporta keeps talking about trying to win titles.
“Barca today is not Barca of eight years ago,” Koeman said. “It’s not the game we want but we lack players who can take players on one on one. Coutinho and Demir come more inside. Ansu and Dembele, yes, but they are not here and we have to look for other ways to attack.”
He says he’s tired of defending his line ups. He may not have to for too long. The club have not said anything about a new coach but Barca play Cadiz on Thursday with Koeman weaker than ever. He is preparing for the game with the list of possible replacements in everyone’s mouth.