In the midst of the crisis after the lapidary 8-2 against Bayern Munich, Bartomeu decided to keep in office a figure with whom Messi already had differences.
The dismissal of Quique Setien, announced through the official Twitter account of Barcelona, together with a threatening “extensive restructuring of the first team”, at the same time that elections were set for “the first match day from March 15”, they were supposed to be only the first decisions after the humiliating defeat against Bayern. However, a few hours later the decision of Josep Bartomeu to keep another of the great targets of the sounded failure in office, Eric Abidal.
This name takes on greater significance at this time because it involves nothing less than Lionel Messi, who had already sown some small doubts about his continuity in the club where he is the most important figure in its history, especially because he has not yet renewed his bond that ends the June 30, 2021. It is that, particularly, with the technical secretary he had a very hard crossing a few months ago that left wounds that did not heal and now seem deeper than ever.
On January 13, the club announced the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde from his coaching position. And it was the former defender who assured that there were players who “did not work” and who “were not satisfied” with the DT, which provoked an angry response from Leo, in which he recommended to Abidal “that each one take charge of their tasks “, that” take charge of decisions “and, especially,” give names, because otherwise they are dirtying everyone. ” Although the leader himself tried to lower the tension, the “cold war” between the 10th and the leadership of the club was publicly declared.
The former player, who overcame liver cancer when he was still a Blaugrana player, took office in 2018, after two years training for the position, in which he succeeded Robert Fernández after the incredible elimination in Rome, in a series in the one that won 4-1, but that would only be the beginning of the ridiculous, which followed with the fall at Anfield and the recent disaster in Lisbon. His policy of reinforcements, which included Malcom, Lénglet, Arthur Melo, Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Neto and Braithwaite, is one of the many reasons why it was interpreted that, after DT, he would be the first to take the door of departure.
Instead, the election of Ronald Koeman will then pass through the hands of Bartomeu and Abidal, after another refusal by Xavi Hernández, whom they had contacted in January when Valverde’s fate was cast. And they will be the ones who will have the “broom” in their hands to clean up and refound a squad that needs a profound change if they want to fight again in Europe.
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