In the more comprehensive complex of footballing history, it is not likely the capitulation at Roma will eventually be kept in mind; it is even possible that the capitulation at Anfield fades into obscurity. I can assure everybody reading this that this video game, the ultimate humiliation of a spiraling, directionless club, will be remembered permanently.
While a lot of football fans can respond to this circumstance with either laughing, mockery or astonishment, Barca fans have to think of whats next. No gamer at Barcelona will ever have the ability to shake this minute, and these are gamers who have won everything.
Lionel Messi has formerly said that Anfield still haunts him; this will be at another level. It seems like the most obvious statement of all time, however something is not working right at Barcelona. Scratch that, definitely NOTHING is working right at Barcelona.
I must admit, even after conceding La Liga to Real Madrid, I still felt great about next season, with youngsters like Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati, Monchu, Trincao, and so on showing great deals of potential. Thats all gone now. Its not their fault, however its all gone now.
The change requires to come, and it needs to come now. Its not simply gamers and managers, its everything about the way this football club is run. For beginners, the most important very first action, Josep Maria Bartomeu needs to resign. Now.
At this moment, theres absolutely nothing else to say. Bartomeu has destroyed this club, and if he cares even the tiniest bit about his group, he would load his bags and be passed early morning. Exactly like Gerard Pique just provided to do.
” The club requires changes, structural ones, not supervisors or gamers,” Pique informed reporters. “Im the very first to leave if brand-new blood is required, due to the fact that now, weve hit rock bottom.”
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Rock bottom undoubtedly. Anfield was humiliating, but this is just a whole brand-new level, and it will get even worse the longer Bartomeu stays.
Reports have actually currently surfaced that presidential candidate Victor Font has actually gotten in touch with Bartomeu to resign and desires elections as quickly as possible, which is excellent news, and Messi himself has also apparently told Bartomeu that he will leave if no significant modifications are made at the club.
Supervisor Quique Setien will undoubtedly leave, if he is not sacked (which he will be) he will resign, but his bad game management is the least of our concerns at the moment. This whole club requires to be reconstructed, consisting of the gamers.
Of the gamers who began versus Bayern, Messi, Frenkie De Jong, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (even with how horrendous his performance was tonight), Clement Lenglet, and perhaps Jordi Alba ought to be the only ones to remain. The rest need to leave, or at least not start.
Am I mindful Im including Sergio Busquets, a Blaugrana legend, and Luis Suarez on this list? Yes. Suarezs one moment of class doesnt make up for his disparity all season, and the truth that this is his very first away objective in the Champions League in 4 seasons speaks volumes.
Busquets can not be relied on the video games versus top groups any longer, regretfully. He didnt play well versus Liverpool last year, and he outdid himself this time around. Sergi Roberto, Pique (who ought to not be starting anymore, he virtually said so himself), Nelson Semedo, and Arturo Vidal all have no futures at this club.
Roberto, our Remontada hero, plays the worst game of his profession in among his most crucial? Semedo gets absolutely damaged by a 19-year-old? If Vidal cant even trigger the turmoil and destruction he prides himself on, then what good is he?
For anybody who believes Bartomeus style of play is “smart however practical”, look at 3 shames three years in a row, each one even worse than the other, playing like this. Beginning Roberto and Vidal in midfield to deal with Bayerns press with Puig not getting a single minute.
This lineup that Setien fielded is finished. The majority of this squad is completed, and I wouldnt blame Messi in the smallest for contacting his old pal Pep and joining forces with him. Without an overall rebuild, there is no Barca future.
I am very excited to hear what Bartomeu will state after this newest catastrophe. If he states something other than “this is primarily my fault, I am officially tendering my resignation” then he does not have the finest interests of the club at heart. But Ive never doubted that for a second anyway.
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The modification needs to come, and it requires to come now. Its not just managers and players, its everything about the way this football club is run. Bartomeu has actually destroyed this club, and if he cares even the smallest bit about his team, he would load his bags and be gone by early morning. Sergi Roberto, Pique (who must not be starting any longer, he practically said so himself), Nelson Semedo, and Arturo Vidal all have no futures at this club.
If he states something other than “this is mainly my fault, I am formally tendering my resignation” then he does not have the best interests of the club at heart.
Over EUR400m invested in 3 players. In the most crucial game of the season, one didnt play, one may also have actually not played, and of course, the other one begins and gets 2 goals and a help in 15 minutes against us.
Im not sure what is if this is not a sign of the incompetence of the present board and president.
He requires to go, Font requires to come in, and he requires to provide Messi an actual group he can have fun with. What presently exists at the club, that is no team, that is a collection of individuals struggling to play with the best player of all time.
In an ideal world, I d like to see Messi become player-manager of Barcelona, but that will never ever happen, so ask Xavi to come back, which he might do if Font is elected early. La Masia has fortunately not dropped off, which is the only service.
Promote from within. Play the Barcelona way. Establish the youth. Follow the words of the late, terrific Johan Cruyff. Bring back the old guard. As soon as was, transform this group into the powerhouse it. Since right now, Barcelona is slowly becoming AC Milan, and we can not stand for that.
After a humiliating efficiency like the one weve simply witnessed, we can just assume modification is coming. Whatever they are thinking, its not enough. We require a total rebuild.