Ronald Koeman directs Barcelona in one of the most complicated seasons in Blaugrana history. Beyond the covid, the Dutch arrived with the need for a change of cycle, the attempt to get out of Lionel Messi, the economic crisis, the resignation and imputation of Bartomeu and the empty offices, because today they will elect a new president. We name the context because it always has to be taken into account, but this article is going to run through numbers and statistics. Has Koeman improved Valverde and Quique Setién?
We start with the statistics of points per game in the League. In this respect, Koeman loses. The Blaugranas have missed too many points in easy games that they have not been able to solve. The Dutchman scores an average of 2.15 points per game, 71.7% of the possible points, while Setien got 2.21 points (a 73.6%). Ernesto Valverde, in his last season, he averaged 2.11 points per game, but on the average he adds 2.28 points per game.
It is the turn of the league offensive phase. You will be surprised by the result. Ronald Koeman can boast of having recovered offensive football at Barcelona, however, his team He has only scored 2.2 goals per game in LaLiga. It widely surpasses the Barcelona of Quique Setién, that he wrote down 1.7 per game, but not to Valverde, which accumulated in two and a half seasons a total of 2.5 goals per game. In his last half season he continued with exactly the same average.
To talk about victories, we are going to count all the competitions. Ronald Koeman has achieved 27 in 40 games, 67.5%. Here yes, Koeman is the winner of the three. The Txingurri is very close, with a 67% of victories, while Quique Setien must settle for a 61%.
Now that we have entered the field that encompasses all competitions, we are going to return to the goals. Here the difference between Koeman and Valverde narrows. Dutch has achieved an average of 2.3 goals per game and the Txingurri left Barcelona with 2.33 points per game. Setien lives far away with 2 points per game. Regarding the defensive section and the goals against,. Valverde crossed the defense, alone 0.88 goals per game.
Regarding the titles, the absolute winner is Valverde. Txingurri won the two league titles in which they competed and left with the leading team. In addition, he won a Copa del Rey. Setién lost everything and Koeman, for the moment, has a foot and a half outside the Champions League, is second in LaLiga and a finalist in the Cup.
We cannot make a relationship about the homegrown players who have risen to the first team, since Valverde’s time at the head of the benches tip the balance. Txingurri made their debut at 14, although he only gave continuity to Ansu Fati. Setién only gave opportunities to the youngest when he was already finished. Koeman, however, has bet more strongly on the young and has joined the first team to Araujo, who has already made his debut with Valverde, Mingueza or Illaix. Despite the difference in totals, the Netherlands shows much more confidence in the new generations.