Lluís Cortés leaves the female Barça. The Barça coach, after having directed a historic triplet, leaves the team a week after the Barça captains , representing the squad, officially communicated their discontent to Joan Laporta’s board of directors .
The players wanted to make it clear that, despite having won the Champions League, the League and the Cup, there was a divorce between them and the coach, for whom they asked for his dismissal. Although they urged the board to move as soon as possible, the club initially decided to keep the coach, although ultimately he will not continue next season.
“It has been a year of a lot of wear and tear and, the truth and the only reason, is time: it wears everything down,” Cortés said in a farewell video. “What this group needs to continue winning and competing are different changes and I am very clear that one of them is to step aside and put the club and the team ahead of everything,” he commented after the match against Eibar(9-1), the last of a historic season that is obscured by this finale.
“We started training on July 10 and until today there have been 353 days of a lot of work, effort, coexistence … with all the conditions due to covid. And I think this has made it a season of a lot of wear and tear for everyone, both physical and emotional, “he added in his farewell, which he communicated to the squad before the last crash.
The complaint produced had not been the first that the players had made reach the board this season, since the problem has been dragging on since November, although this time it has been more forceful, publicly airing the schism in the locker room.
“It is normal that in a team with so much competitive demand and so much emotional charge, conflicts and moments of more tension appear. These are situations that must be resolved internally and we have been working on them for a long time,” Cortés explained last week after it transpired. the conflict.
The situation, once made public, was unsustainable as Markel Zubizarreta , manager of the team, pointed out to the board of directors , coming to put his position at the disposal if the request for the dressing room was not met. The club has preferred that the four remaining games be played and see if the conflict could be redirected.
Finally, given the growing rumors and speculation about the sports and non-sports reasons that had led the players to ask for their resignation, it will not continue. After reaching an agreement to terminate his contract (he had one year left, plus another optional), Barça will have to find who will take over from the European champion’s bench.
Cortés, 34, from Balaguer, took over the women’s first squad on January 9, 2019, replacing Fran Sánchez . That season they finished second in the League. Under his leadership, Barça has won the first female Champions League in the club’s history, as well as two Leagues, two Cups, a Spanish Super Cup and a Catalunya Cup.
Tribute to Captain Vicky Losada
This Sunday was not only his last game with the team, but also that of Kheira Hamraoui and Vicky Losada. The players made the hallway to the captain when she was substituted, to the applause of the more than 2,000 fans before the tribute that the club has paid her in the Barcelona sports city.
Her teammates have supported a Losada that debuted in 2006 and that, 15 years later, in 2021 has lifted not only the Champions League, the League and the Cup of this season, but also the Cup of last season, postponed by the covid . An hour after the tribute to Losada (in which there has also been applause for Hamraoui after the host of the event said that it was also the last game of the French midfielder), Barça and Cortés have communicated the coach’s goodbye through their social networks.