The arguments for and against Hansi Flick's success at Barcelona


Ready or not, Hansi Flick is the captain of the ship at Barcelona.

And like so many new faces at the club before him, we get the usual, what a dream it is to be here.

But as Xavi warned, that dream, if you're not careful, could quickly turn into a nightmare, if you can't handle the weight of expectations and controls.

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Joan Laporta is your friend today Hansi because you are his handpicked man. But the pressure is on the president to keep his promises. Fans are already feeling defensive towards Xavi, and the only way to silence the noise is to win.

Yes, chasing those sweet trophies is the name of the game. Stay on track and Hansi will have the support of the culers, the media and the boardroom. Beat Real Madrid and you'll have the city dancing before the new Spotify Camp Nou opens. Indeed, Hansi Flick is more than a coach, he will be the face of the club when Barça opens its doors.

But things could also go wrong very quickly.

Barcelona are coming out of a campaign devoid of titles. The fan base and boardroom are now hungry for success.

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Being a foreigner will most certainly work against Flick from the start.

Lose a few games and you can already hear the voices. Anyway, what does this German know about Barcelona? Heritage is something you have to experience to understand.

But being an outsider can also be one's greatest strength.

Hansi Flick is not Ronald Koeman.

Koeman, who, with all due respect as a club legend as a player, is yet to prove himself as a manager.

But Koeman probably also felt the pressure of representing the old days as a player of the greatest generation, having won a European title for the first time playing for none other than Johan Cruyff.

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Hansi Flick, at first glance, looks very much like a Barcelona disciple. He likes possession-based attacking football after all.

But honestly, I don't see it as ideological.

He found great success at Bayern Munich, coming out of nowhere and quickly announcing himself as one of the best footballing minds in Europe.

Then he was honored as manager of the national team.

From now on, he will want to win above all to prove himself.

And perhaps, at best, he would never succeed in leading a national team. Perhaps he is the type of coach who needs time, day in and day out, to work with the players and get them to learn and buy into his ideas.

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If we are to take stereotypes seriously, and we probably aren't, Germans seek technical excellence above all else.

Barcelona too.

But the difference is that Flick probably won't care as much about the romance.

He will inspire players to do the job the way he wants. Xavi was a nice guy, the players loved him. And that was perhaps one of his greatest weaknesses.

Hansi seems to me to be a guy who has intensity, like Pep Guardiola.

And ultimately, this is perhaps what these Barça players need the most. Responsibility. Merit-based coaching. Not just having ideas, but having the drive to implement them to ensure players understand what is expected and are pushed to implement them accurately on the field.

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Will Hansi have money to spend?

Could we witness a German invasion in Barcelona? Musiala? Wirtz? Kimmich?

Ilkay Gundogan is already used to playing in the characteristic double pivot that Flick practically invented. Could he be joined by Andreas Christensen?

We could also see a player like Frenkie de Jong really take off.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen is certainly the captain now. Sorry Sergi Roberto.

And frankly, another Spanish national, Ferran Torres, could also be on the chopping block.

The biggest question might be about Flick's ability to bring Robert Lewandowski back to greatness. Compared to Xavi, I think he has a better chance of succeeding in his mission.

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Lewandowski will be asked to do fewer of the things he doesn't do well, namely participating in possession, and the players around him will be asked to create for him, so the centre-forward can operate closer of the goal.

Yes, being an outsider could really benefit Flick. And maybe a new perspective for outside the country and for the club is what Barcelona needs to shock the system.

But that could also be what bothers him the most.

The players gave Xavi the benefit of the doubt. In times of adversity, will Flick be able to maintain control of the locker room and also keep the media at bay?

He's a strong personality.

I don't think the German will be pushed around. And I don't think he'll make excuses for himself or his players either.

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It's a gamble for Joan Laporta. And he certainly carried out his duties with an incredible lack of respect and professionalism.

But in the end, it could pay off.

One thing we all agree on is that structural change is needed at FC Barcelona.

On the pitch, Flick will bring it.

And if he doesn't succeed, change could soon come for men in suits too.

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