Rivaldo: Barcelona needs a coach like Diego Simeone

Rivaldo: Barcelona needs a coach like Diego Simeone


Barcelona’s elimination from the Supercopa de Espana semifinals due to being defeated by Atletico Madrid is still being discussed by several parties, including Rivaldo. The former Brazilian striker said El Azulgrana needed a coach like Diego Simeone.

Barcelona fail to defend the title of Supercopa de Espana because of 2-3 defeat at King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Friday (10/1). Ernesto Valverde’s team were defeated even though Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann had time to return Koke’s goal.

Barcelona should be able to come out as winners. Because, until near the end of the match, the Catalan club was considered to show its best performance over the past few months. They even had time to add two goals even though annulled VAR.

However, everything changed about 10 minutes before the fight was over. Penalty Alvaro Morata equalized, and Angel Correa sealed Atletico’s victory. As a result, Los Rojiblancos will meet Real Madrid in the final.

This gets Rivaldo’s attention. The former Barcelona striker in the 1997-2002 period considered the Blaugrana to keep concentrating on important matches. He also felt that his former club needed a coach who had high enthusiasm like Simeone.

‘Barcelona can’t keep sleeping in important games. That’s very frustrating. By the way they control the match, they should be able to win. But, they must not go too far when fighting against strong rivals who were trained by Simeone,’ said Rivaldo, reported by Skysports.

‘Cholo (called Simeone) is a coach who is very enthusiastic on the side of the field. He always shouted at his players, motivating them to exert all their abilities. Maybe, that’s something that is not owned by Barcelona,’ he continued.

Rivaldo was aware that Barcelona’s removal from Supecopa de Espana might affect Valverde’s future. If the Spaniard was fired later, he suggested Barca should recruit coaches with characters like Simeone as his successor.

‘This reminds me of the chaos in the previous Chanpions League. After losing in Saudi Arabia, Barcelona might discuss their future. I feel that it could happen soon or maybe at the end of the season,’ he said.

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