“They don’t seem to be enjoying in opposition to a Bundesliga group on Friday, they’re up in opposition to Barcelona, the perfect group on the earth,” these had been the phrases of Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal earlier than Champions League conflict in opposition to Bayern Munich.
Vidal fired a warning to Munich, which utterly backfired on Friday night time because the German giants thrashed Barcelona 8-2 to enter the semifinals of UEFA Champions League. Within the conflict of two European heavyweights, every thing went unsuitable for the Catalan giants as they had been uncovered on the highest degree by the dominating Bayern group, to face one of many worst defeats within the membership’s historical past.
Barcelona supervisor Quique Setien determined to enter the sport with 4-4-2 formation to comprise the opposition assault, which failed miserably because the defence did not look ready to face the dominating Bayern assault which consists of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Sergi Gnabry. Within the fourth minute of the sport Muller strike the primary aim of the sport and the humiliation went on until Phillippe Coutinho (who’s on mortgage at Bayern from Barcelona itself) put the ultimate nail within the coffin in 89th minute with the aim no. 8 from his aspect.
Bayern had been the favourites to win the match however no one on the earth anticipated the 8-2 end result. The sport clearly depicted the failings in Barcelona defence and poor Setien ways. The Blaugrana tried the high-press recreation in opposition to a aspect who’ve performed probably the most dominant soccer this season and so they paid the worth for it. Bayern gamers bought straightforward house on account of excessive press and the reluctant Barcelona defence did not match up the tempo of the opposition gamers. Lionel Messi, who’ve received numerous matches on his personal, was invisible in many of the recreation because the ball was rolling principally within the Barca’s half. The poor clearance from the goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen and defenders additionally price dearly for them.
The 63rd-minute strike from Joshua Kimmich depicted the match clearly how younger prodigy Alphonso Davies create chaos within the Barcelona defence together with his mind-boggling run to supply the help for the fifth aim of Bayern.
The loss declared the primary trophyless season for Barcelona since 2008.
What went unsuitable for Barcelona this season?
Every little thing besides Lionel Messi and Marc Andre Ter Stegen went unsuitable for Barcelona within the disastrous season. The Catalan giants hit the all-time low within the defensive division this season. Ter Stegen saved gloves in 36 video games and managed solely 14 clear sheets however he was not the perpetrator behind it however the sluggish defence line, who’ve let down Barcelona. It was the identical within the Bayern recreation, Ter Stegen was not at his finest in the course of the conflict nevertheless it was the defence, which made him extra susceptible within the entrance of a world-class assault.
In Barcelona, the issue is sort of evident up to now couple of season i.e their over-dependency on Lionel Messi. They should be depending on Messi’s magic to win each huge recreation. Antoine Griezmann has nonetheless not reached half of his finest at Barcelona, the previous Atletico Madrid’s winger is struggling to adapt within the Barca’s system. Luis Suarez had his identify on the aim sheets this season 21 occasions, however he lacks consistency and enjoying at Barcelona shouldn’t be solely about aim scoring, however the construction additionally wants each participant to contain within the recreation all through the 90 minutes. Messi as soon as once more took all of the toll on his personal shoulders with 31 objectives and 26 assists this season. Whereas Griezmann solely managed 15 objectives and 4 assists, whereas enjoying extra video games than Messi.
What’s subsequent for Barcelona?
A revolution or full overhaul is what Barcelona require proper now in any other case they’re on the brink to turn into the subsequent AC Milan quickly.
“We will not compete like that, you’ll be able to’t play like that in Europe. It’s not the primary time, the second time or the third time, it’s totally powerful. I hope it’s helpful for one thing. Now everybody has to have a superb have a look at themselves, the Membership wants change and I’m not speaking in regards to the coach or the gamers, I’m not pointing the finger at anybody. No one is secure, I’m the primary to say that I’ll go if new blood has to return in, I’m the primary to go away. We’ve got to have actual look internally about what’s finest for the Membership,” skilled Gerard Pique stated after humiliating defeat in opposition to Bayern.
Pique was brutally trustworthy within the post-match presentation and that is what Barcelona want proper now. There are solely few gamers in Barcelona squad who’re worthy to play for an enormous membership prefer it and the administration must construct round them.
The switch coverage has been shambles for Barcelona for the reason that departure of Neymar. The membership made heavyweight signings in Philipe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann and all of them did not fill the void of Neymar.
Dani Alves left the membership in 2016 and until now Barcelona haven’t a discovered his alternative within the squad. Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo performed at right-back place up to now couple of years however the spark is lacking in them.
Veterans like Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez’s prime appears over and so they performed most video games as a legal responsibility for the group. Barcelona desperately want to search out their replacements or they may face the identical penalties within the upcoming season.
The Lionel Messi query?
The massive query mark has been placed on Messi’s keep at Barcelona after his contract will get over in 2021. It was earlier reported in Spanish media that Messi had stopped contract negotiations with Barcelona amid studies of rising tensions throughout the membership. And the rumours have gotten the sparks after humiliation in opposition to Bayern.
In February, Messi hit again at Barcelona’s sports activities director Eric Abidal on Tuesday after he criticized the gamers’ efforts.
Messi used his Instagram account to publish a textual content attacking Abidal for his criticism and saying the previous participant and different membership administrators ought to take duty for his or her latest selections.
“Truthfully, I don’t love to do this sort of factor, however I feel everybody needs to be chargeable for their roles and take duty for his or her selections,” Messi posted on an Instagram story. “We (gamers) are the primary to acknowledge after we don’t play nicely. These answerable for the sports activities division additionally should be held accountable for his or her obligations and, above all, for his or her selections,” Messi posted.
“Lastly, I feel that once you speak about gamers, it’s best to identify them,” he added. “In any other case, you’re tainting all of us and serving to unfold rumours that aren’t true.”
The spat created rumours that Messi needs a presidential change in Barcelona and he’ll solely keep there if it occurs. The followers have additionally demanded the identical time to time after again to again humiliation in Champions League from the previous three years.
It’s extremely anticipated that Messi will certainly full his contract at Barcelona until 2021 however the doubts of signing a brand new contract will completely rely on how Barcelona method the switch window and subsequent season.
Who’re the choice for Quique Setien?
Setien’s Barcelona journey is sort of over after Champions League ouster. The previous Actual Betis coach was employed mid-season to exchange Ernesto Valverde within the Barcelona camp, however he failed miserably. In line with senior journalist Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona has determined to sack Setien after the dreadful marketing campaign. Mauricio Pochettino, Xavi or Ronald Koeman are prone to exchange Setien because the supervisor. The previous Tottenham supervisor Pochettino is the front-runner for the race for his wealthy expertise with the Premier League aspect.
It is time for Barcelona to begin the rebuilding venture to save lots of the legacy of the membership and remaining years of their largest legend Lionel Messi.
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