Leo Messi far from his usual form
With a year to go before the end of his contract, Lionel Messi still has some serious questions about his future. Will the humiliation, he suffered against Bayern Munich on Friday evening, in the 8-2 defeat in the Champions League, have any impact on the Argentinian international’s decision?
Aggressed by his management and bemused by his team’s disastrous season, the Catalan star has probably never been so close to exiting the game. “The Lisbon disaster” may be one too many for the Argentinian despite his undoubted attachment to Barcelona. While his name has been associated with Inter Milan in recent weeks, the player’s plans are more likely to be with Inter Miami in MLS, a club partly owned by David Beckham.
If Messi was instead planning to move to the United States in 2021, the sinking of Barça in C1 may have irreversible consequences in the player’s mind, according to RMC Sport, which relies on Spanish sources. Moreover, the Argentinian has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave at any time since the beginning of June.
To be continued…
Bartomeu: “Announcements are going to be made
Barça’s president suggested that changes would take place at the Camp Nou after the heavy defeat to Bayern Munich.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has hinted that there will be changes at the club after Friday night’s humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich. Bayern arrived in the Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon as favourites, but few could have predicted the beating they would inflict on the Catalan
The result means Barcelona end the 2019-20 season without winning any trophies, a result that will not go down well with the club’s fans and management. Bartomeu alluded to the changes after seeing his team crushed, saying some decisions had even been made before the match.
“It was a very, very difficult night. I’m sorry for the fans and the Barca members, for the players… For everyone,” Bartomeu told Movistar+. We were not the club we represent, I’m really sorry.
“There are some decisions we have already made, and others we will make in the next few days. Announcements will be made starting next week, we have to make decisions after things have calmed down.
“Today is a day for reflection. Tomorrow we will try to cheer up our fans after such a heavy defeat. It’s a devastating result. I congratulate Bayern, they played a great game and deserve to go to the semi-finals. We didn’t measure up and we can only apologise to our members and fans.
One of the most likely to see his time in Barcelona come to an end is coach Quique Setien, who took over from Ernesto Valverde in January.
“I’d rather not say anything about the coach,” said Bartomeu.
A lot of decisions have already been made before playing in the Champions League, but today is not the day to talk about them.”
Barça-Suarez: finally five years later on
Even if you look hard, it is hard to find a positive note to the evening of FC Barcelona, who were knocked out 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday. However, Luis Suarez (33, six games and four goals this season in the LdC) took advantage of the Final 8 in Lisbon to put an end to a dismal run.
Indeed, for the first time since September 2015 and his goal against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico, the Blaugrana striker managed to score in C1 for the first time outside the Camp Nou!
After a devastating hook on Jerome Boateng for the 2-4 goal in the 57th minute, El Pistolero ended a 1,952-minute drought and 69 shots without an away goal in the competition. Little consolation on this nightmarish nigh
Gerard Pique “We Need changes”
“It’s very hard, I hope it will help us all to think about what’s best for Barça. The club needs changes. And I’m not talking about the coach or the players, but structurally, the club needs all kinds of changes,” called centre-back and Blaugrana manager Gerard Pique (33) on Friday night at the final whistle on the Spanish TV channel Movistar+.
“We’ve hit rock bottom. The coaches and the players have come and gone, but we haven’t been able to compete on a European level for several years now. We all have to think internally and decide what’s best for the club, for Barça. It’s something that’s unacceptable for Barcelona,” the Catalan stressed, even proposing to leave the ship “first” if “we need to bring in new blood”.