To stay or to go: The Valverde dilemma

23.05.2019 05:00 de Stefano Bentivogli   Ver lecturas
Fuente: Marca
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To stay or to go: The Valverde dilemma

Last week, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu suggested that Ernesto Valverde will remain on the bench at the Camp Nou next season, just a few days after the coach himself had bet on his stay with the Blaugranacontinuing ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Valverde explained in two press conferences that he had never considered resigning and that he was looking forward to the following season, with his future having been thrown into doubt after the Anfield debacle, despite only recently renewing his contract.

But Saturday's Copa del Rey final presents him with the chance to win another double and silence all of those questioning his capabilities for the job.

With the questions now parked, Barcelona have a number of possible scenarios facing them.

The first of those is a win at the Benito Villamarin, which will see no action taken and Valverde stay on the bench next year. Firstly, because two doubles in two years is no mean feat.

But it remains to be seen what Valverde will do. He doesn't have everything needed to continue, such as support from everyone involved with Barcelona, and it was thought that a collapse at Anfield would see him leave. Nobody knows what thoughts are spinning around his head, and nothing can be ruled out.

The second scenario is perhaps more dramatic and it would see the Blaugranalose in Seville against Valencia. Failure to win a double would lead to questions, and Bartomeu may go back on his word. After all, the president did come close to sacking him after the Rome humiliation.

A defeat would likely have serious consequences, and the squad would be impacted seriously as well. The result will shape what happens this summer, and drastic measures may be on their way.