BARCELONA – Barcelona deserved to win. Did he deserve it? Probably. But neither knew nor wanted to do it with the greatness that should be assumed to a team called to a historic comeback in the League. In two games, Atlético de Madrid had left five points to return a glimmer of hope to Koeman’s team, but their response was an exercise in absolute impotence. When the discourse of ‘Winning above all’ prevails at Barça, the slap is usually fierce …
And of course it was this Sunday. Nothing better to return the illusion than to pass over a rival that added four consecutive defeats, than to park the European depression with a solvent and argued victory through football, which is, after all, the intimate philosophy of this team. Or at least it was. The ‘Winning is the argument’ never accompanied Barça and when he was about to do it, from a penalty and thanks, in a game with nothing to keep on his retina, he paid for his lack of spirit, his lack of competitiveness, his lack of anger . And impotence caught up with him.
If Levante has stolen five points from Atlético, Cádiz has taken them away from Barcelona. And if there is a League, which there is, it is only, probably, because that Real Madrid in which its DNA proclaims without dissimulation that ‘Winning is the only thing that matters’ is hooked on the fight.
Koeman’s Barça is a team under construction, a team that flees from its most immediate past looking for a better future, changing faces, rejuvenating itself and trying to hook its own through the growth of Pedri, Araújo, Ansu, De Jong , Dest, Mingueza and even, if you like, Dembélé.
To wait for Ilaix and Konrad. To trust that until the market gives him a miraculous and exciting signing in summer, he can imply that his pride keeps him standing. Raise a title or none at all. The path is not easy, but it is the path.
However, it is shocking that impotence exercises sneak into that construction as happened this Sunday. That it is not known to respond with greatness to what is guessed crisis in the leader, that there is not that uncontained rage and yes a conformism as sad as it is devastating.
Because the Barça that crawled against Cádiz, as much as it deserved to win, was that, the spitting image of conformity and impotence. No more.