Barca turns into a chaos theatre
Munich – Lionel Messi’s theatre is just one of many trouble spots at FC Barcelona. President Josep Bartomeu is increasingly in need of clarification, and FC Barcelona is known to have “Mes que un club”. The disquiet was already great during the turbulent transfer summer, especially after the spectacular departure of Neymar. The failure of Philippe Coutinho and Angel Di Maria’s commitments to the last minute led to an increasing number of shots being fired upon by President Josep Bartomeu’s leadership. Member Augusti Benedito even plans to overthrow Bartomeus with a vote of no confidence, and there is also the hiccup about the future of Lionel Messi. At the beginning of July, the club officially announced the contract extension with Messi until 2021 – the catch: The Argentinean superstar has not yet signed the contract with Messi, Bartomeu emphasized in the newspaper Sport on Tuesday:”It’s all negotiated and signed. According to Bartomeu, a farewell of the identification figure is not an issue,”Iniesta is a player we want him to end his career here when he thinks it’s right,” Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo.”We have reached a general agreement on an extension of his contract and hope to complete it in the coming weeks. The restlessness in the surrounding area is increasingly reflected in the athletic performances on the pitch. The Catalans are on target after two 2-0 defeats against Real Betis Seville and Deportivo Alaves in La Liga, but the clear inferiority in the Supercopa against Master Real Madrid in mid-August already set the alarm bells ringing, with Marco Asensio shining in the absence of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as a goalscorer. 25-year-old Isco is now one of the top performers in the Real midfield and most recently delivered a gala against Italy in the national team, both of which stand for the successful generation change at the Königliche, which is being pushed forward with the engagement of the highly traded talents Dani Ceballos (21) and Theo Hernandez (19). Hopes are now bearing on the 20-year-old. Instead, the list of the other new entrants around Paulinho, Nelson Semedo and returnee Gerard Deulofeu reads like a manageable book, and the comparison with Real is a source of concern even for the players. It hasn’t been since Ronaldinho,”said the 54-year-old Mundo Deportivo,”Barca has dominated football since then and has been a successful team,”and since then there have been certain changes in the coach’s position. Luis Enrique’s successor, Ernesto Valverde, has to be trusted because he believes in our model, in the cadre and in the games “Now all he has to do is to revive his belief in his own philosophy on all levels of the club, so that the current image as a chaos club is not consolidated.