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1 hour agoBy: Andrés Morocco
No one should stay where they are not happy. If forced to do so, the most probable and logical thing is that this annoyance grows and becomes a much heavier burden to carry. The best player in the world was forced to continue on pain of paying the exorbitant termination clause, in the only place in the world where he always wanted to be, but which due to various circumstances became an unbearable reality. When Messi sent the famous burofax, the link that seemed indestructible between him and Fútbol Club Barcelona was already broken, driven by a chain of errors from the recently departed president of the club, Josep Bartomeu, and his court in the last years of his mandate. Few teams depend on a player so that things go well or badly, and the culé is one of them.
The arrival of Ronald Koeman did not seem and has not been enough fuel to propel the ship and the few reinforcements hired much less, despite the willingness of Setién’s successor to surround the flea.
It is incredible to see the league table of positions and to find Barça closer to relegation than to the lead, it seems like a horror story. His defense, increasingly vulnerable, is the sad protagonist of the season and his great victim is the best goalkeeper on the planet, Ter Stegen. Its containment zone no longer resists, like a cracked dam in the rainy season. Sergio Busquets is going through his most discreet form and has run out of squires. De Jong is not consolidated and Pjanic has not been a solution. Antoine Griezmann is still a stranger, who does not even give him to be a starter in Kiev, Coutinho is the king of intermittency, Dembelé is a quite particular case, Ansu Fati has been injured, and let’s add Piqué, one of the references that this year he no longer plays. The Pedri and Puig promises are still green and have finished setting up a light reality. Lio is not alone, but he is surrounded by the faded reflections of soldiers who are no longer so critical in helping him achieve amazing victories, just a few that will only serve to raise the levels of nostalgia. The regularity to sustain the usual struggle in Spain has not yet appeared. An uncertain local panorama that would not endure what has not yet been broken, his participation in the Champions League that has so far been his only incentive. He qualified for the second phase without problem after yesterday’s win in Ukraine, which is not enough yet to bet blindly that he will reach the semifinals, to tell the truth.
Historically, Barça has had bumps after big cycles, the most recent after Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team, I don’t know if he is entering the next one, it is still premature to affirm it. Likewise, it has always raised and reached the highest level after crises. Nor do I claim that he will lose the category, but it will be very difficult for him to light up in such a way that he can fight again at the top this season. There is only one football, in any country if things are handled badly from the head everything has repercussions. The managerial mistakes that have been made for a long time had to annihilate the goose that laid the golden eggs, which got tired of producing talent since the Masía lost its essence, has serious financial problems and got used to making mistakes in hiring and decisions that they had that will have an unfailing impact in the near future.