The Barcelona does not lift head. The culé team hit rock bottom this Sunday with a 1-1 draw against him Cadiz at the Camp Nou. It was a golden opportunity. To get up first from the bulky psychological defeat he suffered before the Paris saint germain and to fully engage in the fight for the league title with the stumble of Atlético de Madrid. Everything was in the face so that the meeting with the people of Cadiz was a formality but everything was blocked to such an extent that the collapse seems irrevocable.
“Coming from where we come, it was very important to get into the fight for the League today”, said Gerard Piqué after the draw against him Cadiz. Barça could not respond to the demand, not even with the theoretical eleven of gala that it has in hand Ronald Koeman, which seemed to have hit a key that today seems invisible. Headlines crashed over and over again with the defensive wall he raised Alvaro Cervera. A yellow block that they only managed to hit with overlooked balls that did not see the door.
Has had time Koeman to create something of value this season. Injuries aside, the squad was short but had what it took to compete at the top level in big events. But Barça he has forgotten about that. The Dutch spoke of disappointment and it is not for less. The Dutchman is about to turn half a year on the bench Barcelona and he has had plenty of time to reconfigure a squad with certain novelties and that maintained a solid block of the team that did not achieve anything last season. Nothing last year and this season again aims at white, not at meringue, if not at nothing in the showcases.
It seemed the best moment of the course for the culés. A revamped version of Leo Messi, the Griezmann more supportive and decisive, the Dembélé less erratic, the De Jong more arriving, the revelation Pedri… There were many positive symptoms, flattering for the Blaugrana fans. You could think that the season could end up being a quick sowing that would get results … but they were mirages.
At the moment of truth, in decisive matches or against highly demanding opponents, the Barça gave up. It happened to him at the end of the Super Cup of Spain before him Athletic Bilbao where the first title vanished. Before in League they had lost matches to Real Madrid Y Atlético de Madrid, the two main competitors for the fight for the domestic title.
It was the turn after Copa del Rey. The first leg of the semifinals against him Seville It was a nonsense difficult to fix, especially the first leg of the second round of Champions League before him Paris Saint Germain, where all the ghosts ended up, the Europeans, who have the culé painting hidden in every corner. The Barça it is condemning to come back this season in the Santander League, in the Copa del Rey and in the Champions League. In all three competitions, his credit has been reduced to a minimum and the blank year already oscillates around the team of Ronald Koeman, which shows no signs of reaction in the coming weeks.
With the dismissal of Valverde everything began
On January 13, 2020 the Football Club Barcelona announced the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde after removal of the equipment from the Spain Supercup at the hands of Atlético de Madrid. His goodbye gave way to Quique Setien and his coaching staff who would live all the ups and downs caused by the coronavirus. The Barça would end up collapsing sportingly with the Cantabrian on the bench. He fell in Copa del Rey before the Athletic from Bilbao and lose The league in Mestalla (2-0), the Santiago Bernabeu (2-0) and his setbacks against Sevilla (0-0), Celta Vigo (2-2) and Atlético de Madrid (2-2).
The economic crisis of the club also led to the malaise of the staff with the strong salary reductions carried out since the presidency of Josep Maria Bartomeu that would end up generating a schism shortly after. The tremendous elimination in Champions League before him Bayern Munich, with the painful 2-8, he caused the dismissal of Setien and the arrival of Ronald Koeman.
With Bartomeu still in the direction, it was decided to put an end to the stage of Luis Suarez at Barça, something that also led to the decision of Leo Messi to leave the club. The club denied him the possibility of leaving and the Argentine complied. This led to Bartomeu to his dismissal with the season already started, giving way to the Management Board of Carles Tusquets and at the beginning of an electoral process that will last until the first week of March. The FC Barcelona is pure noise and thus it is difficult not to be in free fall.