One of the main figures of the Barcelona 1990s was Ronald Koeman, who played 264 games for the club and scored 88 goals as a defender or a midfielder. Winning the La Liga four times as a player and once with Blaugrana in the European Cup. Even if his work with the Netherlands team was not completed, he clarified his decision to join the club as a manager.
Koeman felt the time was right with the pandemic moving the Euros back to 2021, and with him having a heart attack in May.
“It’s true that when something like this happens to you, or when you have sick people by your side, life changes a little. In my situation, there are things that you probably think a little differently about the minor heart attack I had. Maybe it was now or never the chance to coach Barça. I’m already 57 years old, I’ve been a coach for many years, I don’t want to finish practicing at the age of.”
While Koeman claimed that his situation with the Netherlands had changed, he gave an insightful insight into how he regarded the management market.
“I had the dream of training in Barcelona. I don’t think you should wait when it works out well for the moment. If a team gets really good results, a team doesn’t change its coach. It’s because people aren’t pleased that there’s a chance. After all, the team doesn’t win… I don’t know if I’ve been bold, I think every coach who has the opportunity to come says I’m going!’ And it’s going!”
The experienced manager and former player gave his thoughts on playing in front of an empty Nou Camp.
“I played many games there, many important games where you always had the public’s support and now you don’t have it, not just us, but also the rest of the teams, because with Covid we also have these difficulties. Yes, it shows. In-home games, it’s especially difficult because there are no people on such a wide field, which makes it more difficult for the player. Maybe you are after a while.”