Pep Guardiola, who on Saturday said goodbye to the Camp Nou, and Manel Estiarte, who will follow in the footsteps of his close friend, may not, unfortunately, be the only departures from the first team staff, according to Catalan papers Sport and Mundo Deportivo. One of the key pieces of Pep’s team, fitness coach Lorenzo Buenaventura, has practically decided to depart, while Juan Carlos Unzué, goalkeeping coach, is also contemplating leaving.
Buenaventura’s possible departure is not completely tied to Pep’s decision to step down. During the season, the physio from Cadiz, one of the most prestigious fitness coaches in Spanish football, has already hinted on occasion the possibility of returning home for personal reasons after four years in Barcelona. Guardiola’s departure, however, has given him another reason to make the decision.
The loss of Loren, as the dressing room knows, is much more important than one might think at first. His career started in Cádiz and he later worked for Valladolid, Espanyol, Atlético, and the Argentina national team at the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan. He later returned to Cádiz, where he received players from all over the world and where he also rejected multiple offers from major teams (including Real Madrid and Manchester United), until in 2008, Guardiola, advised by doctor Ramon Cugat, convinced him to sign for Barça. Buenaventura has these last four years had the principle responsibility of the physical training of the first team, forming an excellent partnership with his colleagues Paco Seirul·lo and Aureli Altimira.
The reasons that are driving goalkeeping coach Unzué to consider resigning are diverse and complex. On the one hand is his desire to return to coaching. Additionally, some differences of opinion have emerged in recent months between Juan Carlos and Víctor Valdés concerning training and analyzing the matches. Unzué will decide his future soon.
The Club itself has remained silent so far on these rumours, according to Sport, neither confirming nor denying the possibility of these two additional departures.