After the humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Barcelona president Bartomeu immediately sacked manager Quique Setien. Barcelona had a terrible season for their standards, also finishing behind Real Madrid in the domestic league. The Barcelona team that lost to Bayern Munich looked a shadow of the great team they were not so long ago. Bartomeu is desperate to return to the beautiful tika-taka style that the club is famous for, and Setien could not deliver that.
Club legend, Gerard Pique spoke to the media after the Champions League exit, stating; "The club need changes and I’m not talking about the coach or any one player. The club needs profound change. We have hit rock bottom. We need to reflect and do what is best for the club. "I will be the first to offer to go if we need new blood."
These words coming from one of their key players is a clear indication that change is needed. The star players at the club are ageing, and it is time for a new manager, someone who knows the club and what the philosophy means.
Meet the new Barcelona manager
Yaya Toure is the newly appointed manager, this is the former Barcelona players first job as a manger so the pressure will be intense, but he will have 100% backing and support from the board. Toure has always been a student of the game, and in his opening interview stated "I have always wanted to get in to management, I always asked Pep Guardiola a lot of questions about tactics and man management, and I believe that I have the knowledge to succeed at the greatest club in Spain. I know it won't be easy, but with world class players and the support of the staff, we can achieve the greatness this famous club deserves". The 37 year old made 74 appearances for Barcelona between 2007 and 2010. He will need to assess the current squad and look to offload players that are not going to be good enough this season and has already hinted about giving some of the young players at the club more opportunities in the first team this season.
Yaya will look to play a 4-3-3 formation with a false-nine, much like the Barcelona team played that beat Manchester United in the 2010 Champions League Final. The tactical style will be based on possession, short passing and working the ball into the opponents box, while when possession is lost, a high press to win the ball straight back. Lionel Messi will likely be the key man for Yaya Toure, but at 33, he is not getting any younger and Toure will already be searching for Barcelona's next superstar.