In just one week, the FC Barcelona has practically said goodbye to his options to lift the titles of Champions League Y League. After falling decisively against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the round of 16 of the top European competition (1-4) and stumbling against Cádiz in the domestic tournament (1-1), the Catalans only it remains to resort to the epic to dream of a trophy.
Therefore, except for capital surprise, the new president who is elected in the elections to be held on March 7 will run into a team with no ambitious goals ahead and with the urgent need to be subjected to a restructuring process that help regain lost competitiveness.
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In this sense, the newspaper Sport is blunt. According to this newspaper, only six players from the current squad would have guaranteed their continuity: the meta Marc-André Ter Stegen, midfielder Frenkie de Jong and youngsters Ronald Araújo, Pedri, Francisco Trincao and Ansu Fati.
The permanence of the rest is in doubt either because their performance is not being as expected (Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho, Junior Firpo …) or because their level is not up to the high salary they receive. In this second group there would be room for recent signings such as Antoine Griezmann or Ousmane Dembélé and for some sacred cows like Sergio Busquets or Jordi Alba.
A separate case is that of Leo messi. The candidates for the presidency have recognized that they will do everything possible to retain him, but they are also clear that a single player cannot condition the rebuilding of a squad that has already shown more than obvious signs of exhaustion.