Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was quick to reorganise the locker room seating when taking charge.
AS says Koeman consulted with the squad’s four dressing room leaders, Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Piqué, and has also discussed with manager Carles Naval how best to achieve a ‘professional’ and ‘pleasant’ climate within the squad.
The new seating arrangement was designed to help the new signings adjust as quickly as they could.
For example, summer acquisition Sergino Dest has been placed next to Frenkie de Jong: the defender and the midfielder both played at Ajax and can communicate in Dutch. Another purchase, Miralem Pjanic, sits next to Sergio Busquets in the dressing room. The idea is that the two experienced midfielders would get along well.
Matheus Fernandes, who came over from Palmeiras in January, is sitting next to Neto. Both players are from Brazil and can therefore talk to each other in Portuguese.
See the complete locker room seating plan below: