Barcelona, ​​between obligation and opportunity, decides to bet on the quarry again

Barcelona, ​​between obligation and opportunity, decides to bet on the quarry again

BARCELONA – Barcelona already had a sports policy to be implemented in the first team, in the short term, in accordance with what was agreed with Ronald Koeman: the quarry will take an indisputable leading role and only the signing of a forward or midfielder would be considered (requests of the trainer) in the unlikely event of obtaining a good income during the next two weeks that would allow them to go to the market.

Sources from the Barça club acknowledged to ESPN Digital that their delicate economic situation is mixed with the conviction of resuming the path of a quarry that, they assure “has excellent players for the first team.”

Cruyff invented Milla one day and Pep Guardiola another; Van Gaal catapulted Xavi and surrendered to Puyol; Guardiola discovered Pedro and Busquets … And Koeman gave Pedri stripes before promoting Mingueza. And the road will not end there because the economic ruin that plagues the Camp Nou is seen as the non-negotiable opportunity to return to the essence.

Making a virtue of necessity, Barça will recover and redouble its commitment to La Masia as Johan Cruyff, Louis van Gaal and Pep Guardiola did, in modern times. The first, in 1995 and in response to the poor performance of the signings, catapulted the so-called Quinta del Mini, which after its excellent staging was diluted after the dismissal of Johan; Van Gaal, noted for filling the squad of compatriots, some of dubious taste, laid the foundations for the future with Puyol, Valdés, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and, at his side, Gabri or Reina; the third bet from the start on Pedro and Sergio Busquets … And he went on to win a Club World Cup, in 2011, with a line-up in which nine footballers emerged from their grassroots football.

After almost a decade in which just Sergi Roberto established himself in the first team and footballers such as Thiago Alcántara, Dani Olmo, Adama Traoré, Cucurella, Christuan Tello, Rafinha, Miranda, Cuenca, Jonathan dos Santos or Masip (whose presence in the squad would not have been far-fetched) they had to emigrate because they could not find space in the dressing room, Barcelona resolved to return to their essence by looking at grassroots football again.

“We have a generation of the host,” Gerard Piqué openly proclaimed referring to the players who push with determination from behind and to whom Ronald Koeman is giving space, without noise but without rest. Young people led by Pedri, who exploded by surprise a year ago and who was accompanied by Ronald Araujo, Mingueza or the now prescribed Ilaix Moriba. Along with those who fight without surrendering Riqui Puig awaiting the recovery of Ansu Fati and who are joined by Nico, Gavi, Demir, Balde or Yusuf Demir, the Austrian pearl to who Piqué came to compare, daringly, with Messi for “his dribbling.” And Eric García, of course, as the veteran captain made his master in Manchester (he in the City) to return eagerly to glory at the Camp Nou.

Of them all, only one, Alex Collado, seems to have his days at the club numbered. A suspicion that raises blisters among those who defend their excellent quality that, however, does not convince the coach, as it happens with Riqui, who for the third year will try to turn around a situation as uncomfortable as it is misunderstood by many.

The confirmation of this commitment to young people was demonstrated by Koeman on the first day of the League, when he included Nico, Gavi and Rey Manaj (whose future is still open) in the call to leave Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho in the stands. . The first two know the need they have to find an urgent exit for not entering into the technician’s plans; the Brazilian is to the liking of Koeman … But the club does not rule out his departure to alleviate, as far as possible, the accounts.

At the moment, 13 of the 23 summoned against Real Sociedad have a past in the subsidiary and Pedri and Demir are added to them, pushing all of them with the same determination that 25 years ago the Celades, De la Peña, Velamazán, Roger and Òscar, who together with Guardiola, Amor, Ferrer, Sergi, Busquets, Jordi Cruyff or Carreras won their space due to the conviction of a coach who put them ahead in several cases of more experienced footballers such as Prosinecki, Cuéllar, Abelardo or Hagi .

Ronald Koeman is not suspicious when it comes to his commitment to youth, and his coaching career proves it. His turbulent incomplete year at Valencia left Mata or Banega for the future and before, at Ajax, he was the one who sponsored Sneijder or Van der Vaart, made his debut for Thomas Vermaelen or propped up the career of the then wayward 19-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“We must look to the future, to the young people,” proclaimed the coach after adding the first three points of the League against Real Sociedad and discovering that life without Lionel Messi may not be a bed of roses but it should be a Exciting journey The club seems to have it clear and Koeman, the most important thing, too.

The results, the scoreboard, will dictate sentence as always happens … But faced with him, Barcelona’s patience will be key.

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