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FC Barcelona is currently going through a difficult phase, having got off to a bad start in the Champions League group stage like never before. President Joan Laporta believes he knows how the Catalans can return to Europe’s top in the future. Whether Ronald Koeman can continue to be a coach could be clarified shortly.
“La Masia is the way and our inalienable style of play,” said Laporta before the 3-0 draw at Benfica Lisbon that the focus at FC Barcelona will be on the famous youth forge under his presidency.
Laporta sees the youth academy, which has produced world stars like Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, a unique selling point for Blaugrana: “This is a real and recognizable style that no other club in the world has.”
“Ansu Fati represents the wishes and the hope”
The latest “product” from La Masia is Ansu Fati, who made his comeback last weekend after a ten-month injury break and impressed with a goal straight away. “He represents the wishes and the hope,” says Laporta of the great importance of the 18-year-old for the fans.
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Laporta is delighted that the new number 10 made a much acclaimed return: “It was a great pleasure to see him back on the pitch and then he’ll score another goal.”
Youngsters like Fati, Gavi, Yusuf Demir or Nico still need time to develop. That’s why Laporta relies on the help of seasoned players who are currently injured. “With Ansu, Dembele and Sergio Agüero recovering, we will have an increasingly competitive team,” believes the lawyer. “
Does Koeman have to go? Meeting on Thursday
Whether Ronald Koeman will help the Catalans as a coach in the future is open. After the clear defeat against Benfica Lisbon on the second day of the Champions League, his days as Barça coach could already be numbered.
On Thursday there is to be a meeting between Laporta and his board colleagues. The future of the Dutchman should be discussed.