“We must change from the bottom of the pyramid” as required in precedence from Barcelona’s Spanish central defender Gerard Pique, but did not expect a drastic change in this season, when Bayern Munich meet again on Tuesday in Champions League in football after the epic loss in 2020 and in light of the shocking departure of Argentine legend Lionel Messi.
In the quarter-finals of 2020, the Catalan team suffered a historic 2-8 defeat against the Bavarian team. At the time, the central defender believed that his team had to change almost everything “not just the players and the coaches, but the structure”, insisting that they had to bring “new blood”, “we are not in able to compete in Europe”.
The impact of the humiliation was great and a clear confirmation of the Blaugrana’s decline against competitors of the caliber of Bayern in I walk towards the continental peak.
Pique called for a revolution, but not many things have changed last year, but the financial crisis has led Messi, the best player in the world six times, to cry from the walls of a team that has defended his colors for almost two decades. .
A new blow for the fans, due to the departure of a star who gave them the most precious and precious, to the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain, to join their former Brazilian player Neymar, at the end of 2017, for a contract record of 222 million euros.
Ten days after the humiliating battle of Lisbon, Messi sent the famous “Borovax” to Josep Bartomeu’s administration asking them to leave. While insisting that 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 starts its Champions League season without the “flea”, who signed his first goal in continental competition in 2005 and has 120 goals in 149 games against 41 different opponents, including 7 hat-tricks.
Messi has won four Champions League with Barcelona in ten years, but in the last six years he has fasted for the title in light of the various pitfalls of the Bartomeu management, who left the scene in the face of the return of former president Joan Laporta.
After his fans have promised 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 managers to carry this heavy moral burden.
“Memphis can usher in a new era for Barcelona – said the Dutch coach Ronald Koeman -. Here he has the basis for success: character and temperament.”
With the need for new blood, Koeman was quick to rely on the likes of Al-Yafia Pedri, one of the new midfield stars of the Spanish national team, Dutchman Frankie de Jong, American Serginio Dest and 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 appointed Matteo Almiani as the new director of the ball.
But Laporta’s goal in the first six months was to save the ship of the 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.
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