BARCELONA could part ways with Ernesto Valverde in the summer if Real Madrid win the Champions League, according to reports in Catalonia.
A shock defeat to Roma in the quarter-finals ended the Nou Camp giants’ run in the competition they were desperate to win above all.
Undefeated in La Liga and in the Copa del Rey final, this could still prove to be a successful campaign for Barca.
However, Sport report the club’s decision-makers are fuming at their Champions League exit and “anything could still happen in the summer” — including a change of manager.
They believe that, should Real Madrid win a third-straight crown, it would overshadow any of their achievements.
Barcelona bosses believe they have let a golden opportunity slip and have effectively handed the trophy to their arch-rivals.
Club insiders insist a truce has been called to ensure they remain focused on their aims, as they could wrap up the league within the next ten days.
But, a third-straight quarter-final elimination in the Champions League means the Nou Camp hierarchy may look to tread a different path next season.
Valverde has been the recipient of huge criticism for his lack of rotation this season, with many claiming the players are burnt out.
Several first team players have seemed extremely tired in recent weeks, as performances against Sevilla and Roma showed.