Written by Natasha Singh |
Updated: August 15, 2020 7:48:21 pm
Barcelona ended the 2019/20 season trophyless– an occurence after 12 years. (Source: Reuters) The cracks were already there in Barcelonas mismanaged team but the 8-2 knocking at the hands of Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Friday night made it even more noticeable. In what was their worst defeat in practically 80 years, Barcelona yielded eight objectives, each of which rubbed salt on some currently unpleasant injuries from what has been a turbulent and trophyless season.
Hailed as the end of an age, the outcome resulted in Gerard Pique mincing no words in saying Barcelona have actually hit rock bottom, and radical modifications are needed. Talks have actually already started over the exit of head coach Quique Setien, and even their talisman, Lionel Messi.
This was the very first time Barca had actually yielded 8 goals in 74 years when they lost 8-0 to Sevilla in Copa del Rey in 1946. The side suffered even bigger losses with 11-1 defeats in 1940 and 1943 to Sevilla and Real Madrid respectively.
The callous night the Blaugrana suffered on Friday was a far cry from even their recent history. They dominated Spain in the last 11 years, winning eight of those titles however lost La Liga title to arch-rivals Real Madrid last month.
Another year, another UCL embarrassment
Despite the fact that the Spanish runners-up managed to reach the quarterfinals, Bayern exposed their aging backline, looking a class apart with their attack, speed, accuracy, power, and defence. It was thought the brand-new COVID-19 caused format would assist Barcas cause, who were having a hard time in away games, but a neutral place with no crowd only appeared to rub in the absurdity of the scoreline. (Bayern vs Barcelona Photos).
Barcelona last won the UEFA Champions League in 2015. Ever since, the Catalans have been knocked out by Atletico Madrid in 2016, outclassed by Juventus in 2017, and they somehow contrived to discard heavy first-leg leads over Roma and Liverpool in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
The German champs under Hansi Flick were everything Barca were not in Lisbon. The scoreline had resonances of Germanys 7-1 semi-final win over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup, a video game where Flick was on the bench as the nationwide teams assistant coach.
End of the roadway for Barca and Messi?
Lionel Messi, who has actually seen some awkward exits from the Champions League in the last five years, held key talks about his future at the club previously this season, with his agreement running out next year. He had actually consented to remain, but the devastating outcome in Lisbon may re-open the tough talks for the Messiah to leave the club he has actually spent most of his life in.
Could this drubbing at the hands of the German champions be the last nail in the casket for the 33-year olds Catalan association?
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Radical modifications needed within the hierarchy.
In what is no more a whisper game, gamers have come out and freely criticised the board and the management for the issues on the pitch. Among those are veterans Pique and Messi, who blamed the Barca hierarchy, including president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Messi has likewise appeared to be more disillusioned by his youth club in this last one year. It will be the fourteenth presidential election of the club where a new president will be chosen for six years.
There have actually been questions raised over coach Setiens gameplay, but what appears to be a bigger issue is an inefficient transfer policy, which has suggested that the core of the team has actually not had any fresh injection.
A crucial example is Philippe Coutinho, who was lent to Bayern from Barcelona to relieve their wage expense. A $190 million signing for Barcelona, Coutinho came off the bench for the German side just to help on one goal and score the final two.
Philippe Coutinho scored 2 and assisted one objective in his parent clubs failure at the hands of the Bavarians. (Source: Reuters).
Setien not an upgrade.
It is almost particular that Quique Setien will lose his task at Camp Nou. When they suffered a 4-0 loss at Anfield under Ernesto Valverde, Barcas weakness came to the fore last year. After taking over from Valverde in January, Setien saw his 5th defeat as Barca boss.
Setien failed to highlight any concrete changes in the design of have fun with barely any changes in the squad. Last nights disaster shows that the coach change has assisted the club little which time has come for a real change, a long overdue overhaul.
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Barcelona ended the 2019/20 season trophyless– an occurence after 12 years. In what was their worst defeat in practically 80 years, Barcelona conceded 8 objectives, each of which rubbed salt on some currently agonizing wounds from what has been a rough and trophyless season.
Messi has also appeared to be more disappointed by his youth club in this last one year. It will be the fourteenth governmental election of the club where a brand-new president will be elected for six years.
Barcas weakness came to the fore last year when they suffered a 4-0 loss at Anfield under Ernesto Valverde.