The defeat of the Champions League for Bayern Munich exposes familiar weaknesses, and Catalan can find themselves behind in the title race too
Bayern Munich opened the Barcelona defense in the Champions League, and old wound with him.
It was a football exhibition from Bavaria on Tuesday, and one where Barca paid a full entry price, as a spectator than participants.
And like a good exhibition, the Blaugrana goes to ask yourself the existential questions. They must decide, as a club, what they want. Which road do they have to follow?
Stay on their way is currently seen set to bring a gloomy and unpleasant season Catalan. Beating Bayern’s ILK team seems impossible, so the Champions League comes out of the question. The three home matches were their last in the competition, against Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern, had seen them lose with a 10-1 aggregate score.
The club is expected to fight for La Liga at least, but even it has been thrown by the Shake Barcelona show. Real Madrid and Atletico have a stronger team of them, Whille Sevilla has a better chance than before before following their summer help reinforcements.
To worsen the situation, Barca have pedri, Jordi Alba, Ansu Fati, Sergio Aguero, and Ousmane Dembele of Action, thinning the collective sub-par.
And in tactics, everything isn’t better. Coach Ronald Koeman’s plan chose to fight Bayern, his 3-5-2 system, real in fact 5-3-2. A 8-2, at the worst times, with Memphis Devay and Luuk De Jong went deliberately stranded in front.
There is no way for Barca to connect with their attackers, so big is the gap between midfield and frontline, so in the defense it has sunk.
Koeman was rented for the days of the glory of Barcelona as a player, rather than his managerial achievement, and it was shown. That explains, if it doesn’t really justify, the attitude of the control of President Joan Laporta.
The head has, per local report, insists Koeman to play a 4-3-3 system, which he has used in the league until now, even though the show against Atheltic Club and Getafe is weak.
Continue on this rope by Laporta Angered Koeman, and they have quarreled in various media appearances and interviews, although both of them claim their relationship is still intact and “liquid”.
The tension between them did not help the problem on the tone, broken between Pep Guardiola-Esque 2009 Football Laporta wanted, making himself a strong hero, and pragmatism of Koeman and hybrid fears.
Fans feel it too, and players like Sergi Roberto suffer when the negative energy changes towards them. Catalan Defender, will sign a new contract on a contract reduced to help the team out, face the whistle after he was pulled against Bayern after being given a night chathening playing tickets to Alphonso Davies and Leroy Sane.
Pedri’s thigh injury might give Catalan the opportunity to be redemption in the role of the preferred midfield, even though the Gavi teenager showed quite a lot of fighting against Bayern to get Camp Nou Crowd singing his name at night where there wasn’t much more singing.
The next three matches, all within a week, can then be important for the future of Koeman and the nature of the Barcelona season. League matches against Granada, Cadiz and Levante: three bullets for Koeman to avoid.
Per some outlets in Spain, losing one of the games and Laporta swung ax. Such choices will only be surprising because if it will be made, it should be made in the summer.
No one shows Barcelona this season has surprised or surprisingly, is still the same team with the same deficiency and no Lionel Messi. The obstacle to firing Koeman is a cost and lack of clear replacement; Both problems have not changed much.
Koeman’s peak was not discussed, according to the club source, but everyone talked about it, so it couldn’t be true.
Unless the reporta takes action or youth given time and opportunities – and not only as Stunt PR with the two goals teams down and comprehensively seeded by Bayern – this can finally be the season was wasted, barren for Barcelona.
Year of ghost, before the next chapter starts. Or ghost year. It’s not easy to get back up.