Ronald Koeman Barcelona odds: New boss to shine at Camp Nou?
Ronald Koeman Barcelona odds: New boss to shine at Camp Nou?

Ronald Koeman Barcelona odds: New boss to shine at Camp Nou?

Following his arrival at Camp Nou, bwin is offering a number of Ronald Koeman Barcelona odds on how he will fare in the hot seat.

Quique Setien was predictably sent packing after a humiliating 8-2 Champions League drubbing by Bayern Munich, having only succeeded Ernesto Valverde in January.

Koeman will inherit a side which finished five points behind La Liga champions Real Madrid and failed to win a major trophy for the first time since 2013-14.

Punters can get Evens for the Dutchman to help the Catalan giants get back to the top of the table in Spain at the first attempt.

Barca last tasted glory in the Champions League in 2015 under Luis Enrique and are 15/2 to lift that trophy next term, while it is 14/1 they prevail in both competitions.

The former Holland, Southampton and Everton boss returns to Camp Nou having spent six years there as a player.

He made 350 appearances and scored 106 goals, including the winning strike in the 1992 European Cup final against Sampdoria at Wembley.

“Everyone knows what Barca means to me,” beamed Koeman. “This is my home.

“I have been a coach for many years now and I have learned from great coaches as a player, I have experience and I think I’ve got the ability to bring Barcelona to this top level.”

Will Koeman go Dutch with new recruits?

Koeman was part of Johan Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team’ between 1989 and 1995, winning four La Liga titles, a European Cup, a Copa del Rey, a European Super Cup and three Spanish Super Cups.

He added: “The Dutch like to be at Barcelona. Why? Because we like to work and play football how it should be played.”

Those comments could pave the way for two Holland internationals to be signed by Barcelona, according to bwin’s transfer odds.

Former Manchester United misfit Memphis Depay is 3/1 to join from Lyon, while Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is just Evens to arrive in the current window.

Koeman is definitely keen to keep Lionel Messi at Camp Nou after his future was called into question following the debacle versus Bayern.

“We need to make some decisions but in Messi’s case I hope he stays with us,” declared Koeman when asked about transfer plans.

“He is the best player in the world and the best player in the world you want in your team, you don’t want him playing against you.”