Ronald Koeman confirmed as new Barcelona manager – but their problems run far deeper than hiring a new boss

Ronald Koeman, new Barcelona manager
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Alphonso Davies picks up the ball. He effortlessly sidesteps past Leo Messi and Arturo Vidal, both 13 years his senior. He threatens to motor off into the box, but instead, the Canadian heads wide to toy with Nelson Semedo on a patch of the pitch that he’s made his own post-lockdown. 

It’s embarrassing for Semedo, who’s simply trying not to be nutmegged. Davies accelerates free, dances past Gerard Pique and tees up Joshua Kimmich for Bayern Munich to lead Barcelona 5-2. It's astounding. And not just for Davies's quality.

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White is the Digital Content Editor at FourFourTwo. During his time on the brand, Mark has written three cover features on Mikel Arteta, Martin Odegaard and the Invincibles, and has written pieces on subjects ranging from Sir Bobby Robson’s time at Barcelona to the career of Robinho. An encyclopedia of football trivia and collector of shirts, he first joined the team back in 2020 as a staff writer.