Gallardo was hours away from being a Barcelona coach: Mariano Juan

Editorial Mediotiempo

Mexico City / 20.02.2021 09:45:19

Marcelo gallardo He came close to becoming the Barcelona coach, This was assured by the ex-footballer and friend of the Doll, Mariano Juan, who asserts that the culé club had already chosen him to be the one to take the reins of the team.

“He was hours away from being a Barcelona coach”, revealed Mariano Juan, referring to 2019, when the continuity of Enrique Valverde hung by a thread.

“After playing against Flamengo, he spoke with (Eric, former club sports director) Abidal on the phone. And Gallardo explained that if he started the preseason with River he would not go to Barcelona. In the middle there are some games that Valverde wins and was delayed because the club was not going to kick him out, “said the ESPN commentator, who played for River between 1994 and 1996.

Gallardo started the preseason on January 3, 2020 and Barcelona fired their coach weeks later, when they fell to Atlético de Madrid in the Super Cup.

“He was the one chosen. Abidal was his companion in France (they agreed in Monaco) and that’s why he called him. I’m a friend of his and I bite my tongue many times, I tell it because he left now. Gallardo told him that Barcelona for starting the preseason, “said Mariano.

Barcelona closed the arrival of Quique Setién at that time; currently it is Koeman who is in charge of Barcelona.

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