The 18 days that will mark the year of Barça

The season for him Barcelona Soccer Club it enters the key phase in the next few days. In just over two weeks, the Catalans will live decisive days in both the sporting and institutional development. The two always go hand in hand, but seldom do such decisive knockout matches coexist in such a short period of time with a title at stake and elections to the club’s presidency. They will be frantic moments, both for players and coaching staff as well as for the three candidates who are fighting at the moment to capture the vote of the Blaugrana partner.

Are just 18 days. From February 21 to March 10 is the season of Barça in Game. The almost consecutive blows in the first leg of the semifinals of Copa del Rey and of Champions League They greatly complicate the return matches, although to reach these before they must overcome matches that in the eyes of the Blaugrana will be preparation. The Santander League still alive, the last stumble of the Atlético de Madrid makes see Barça Y Real Madrid that your options are still open.

Before the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals, the Barça continues with its carousel of matches in the domestic championship. First, this Sunday, February 21, the Cadiz will visit the Camp Nou. The Andalusian team does not arrive at a good moment, which links five consecutive days without achieving victory. But the people of Cadiz already know what it is to scratch points to the culés and how they can find the tickles. Those of Alvaro Cervera will be sure a toothache for the team of Koeman.

With no time for celebrations or lamentations, the Barça will recover his postponed match against Elche next Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. Again at the Camp Nou, to the delight of Koeman, and against another rival who has much more to gain than lose. The people of Elche will arrive in descending positions and with the urgency of scoring points before their situation is irremediable.

After these two games in which from the Barça It is expected that they will serve to recover sensations, improve the physique of some of their players and revive faith in their game, important matches will come. The culés will have to visit again the Sanchez Pizjuán the Saturday, February 27 at 4:15 p.m., this as a match of League Santander and in which it is possible that one of them puts distance with the other in the classification. The game, not without its demands and importance, will be an appetizer for what will come a few days later, once the all-important month of March enters.

March, the month of all or nothing

In the first leg of the semifinals of Copa del Rey, the Seville demonstrated the solidity of a consolidated, structured and continually evolving project led by a Julen Lopetegui who won the chess game at Ronald Koeman. The 2-0 at the Sánchez Pizjuán invites the heroic team on Wednesday March 3 (9:00 pm), the date for the match at the Camp Nou. There, the fastest path to a title that the Dutchman would say enters its final phase. Raise a 2-0 to a Seville highly competitive, voracious and physical it seems complicated. Especially because of the shortcomings that the Barcelona team has shown time and again when a rival has gathered all these ingredients on the pitch.

After this, Thursday, Friday and Saturday the team will travel to El Sadar for another complex match against Osasuna, on a roll in recent weeks. The match will be the prelude to one of the most important days at the club in recent years and which will determine the future of the entity in the short and medium term. The Barcelona Football Club elections They will take place next Sunday, March 7, and the Catalans will choose their favorite to lead a club that is cracking today. Joan Laporta He’s the number one favorite to start a new reign at the club and Victor Font and Toni Freixa they rush their options to satisfy part of the culés that still doubt.

Finally, the 18 days that mark the year of Barcelona They close with the return of the round of 16 of the Champions League. The Paris saint germain, after a devastating match at the Camp Nou with a 1-4 in his favor, he will close the tie at the Parc des Princes where not even Koeman sees feasible a comeback of the scale that is needed. The PSG was able in 90 minutes to uncover each and every one of the weaknesses of the Barça current.

They are important matches not only because of the collective and sporting context of the club, separate elections, but also because of the individual future of some of the players. How the Barça of these 18 days will come an opinion formed by Leo Messi of what the club can be in the coming years. His decision will be made in line with the sporting results and, surely, with the winner of the match between three Laporta, Freixa and Font.

Ronald Koeman his future at the club is also at stake these days. The results in these meetings after the last results in the first leg of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League will end up defining the good or bad work of the Dutchman this season. It will be of little use to have reached the European Cup semifinals or eighths if the disaster is major these days. In the same way that league victories against teams that fight for relegation will be put aside if in key matches such as against Sevilla, the team looks bad.