Ten days after the humiliating battle of Lisbon, Messi sent the famous “Borovax” to Josep Bartomeu’s administration, asking to leave. While he insisted he had nothing to do with Bayern’s loss, he said his team “presented a very negative image” but was forced to stay for another season. For the first time in two decades, Barcelona begins its Champions League campaign without the “flea”, who have won four Champions League with Barcelona in ten years, but he has fasted for the title for the past six years in light of the various pitfalls of Bartomeu’s leadership, which left the arena ahead of the return of former president Joan Laporta. After his fans have vowed to win the continental title in the past two seasons, Messi’s departure could ease the pressure on his team, who left the competition last season from the round of 16 against Saint-Germain.
To bear the baton will be new names, led by Dutch Memphis Depay, originally from Lyon, in France, while the young Ansu Fati inherited the number 10 from Messi, after seeking the approval of the team leaders to carry this heavy moral burden.
With the need for new blood, coach Koeman was quick to rely on the likes of Yafia Pedri, one of the new midfield stars of the Spanish national team, the Dutch Francke de Jong, the American Serginio Dest and the Uruguayan defender. Ronald Araujo. Since the last whistle in the Barcelona match, 20 players have left the team, in addition to coach Quique Setien, the team has left five people who attended the Bayern match. But most of Pique’s arrows went to a management led by Laporta, who named Matteo Almiani as the new range of the ball.
But Laporta’s goal in the first six months was to save the ship’s club from the sinking, in the light of the financial crisis and the suffocation of the debt. He announced last month that his debts amounted to 1.35 billion euros, while player salaries amounted to 103% of revenue, and now they have shrunk to 80% after the close of the summer transfer period. The priority was savings, not development. In light of the administrative changes, it seems that the team is working to improve its structure for the future, technically excluding at the moment the competition from the top of the old continent. It is true that Barcelona could continue to drop technically at the local and continental level, but the arrangement of the inside house leaves a glimmer of hope for the future.
Read More About: Sports News