Laporta is aware that it will be a chimera to reconcile the club’s serious economic crisis with his maxim that there are no transitional seasons at Barcelona
Barcelona was consuming a new European humiliation against Bayern Munich while the Camp Nou, during the garbage minutes, amused itself by passing a ball from one bleacher to the other, resigned to fit in a hard bath that only the most optimistic dreamed of being could avoid.
“This is what there is”, sentenced Gerard Piqué and Ronald Koeman after the 0-3. “Resignation is a daily suicide,” wrote Honoré de Balzac.
The result was the least. Not the umpteenth rebound goal by Thomas Müller nor the killer instinct of Robert Lewandovski tremble in Barça’s retina, but the impotence of veteran players who already accumulate too many unfortunate nights and the inability of a coach to be brave from the start.
As an example of this, Koeman, who took advantage of the national team break to further strain his relationship with the president Joan Laporta, He preferred to start a Jordi Alba who had muscular discomfort and who had had a fever and diarrhea the night before, rather than a fresh, young and motivated Alejandro Balde.
The Dutch coach was not right either with the start of Sergi Roberto, whistled by his fans, in the right lane of a coward 3-5-2. His own defense of the Reus player, arguing that he did not play in his position, shows the seriousness of the matter. From minute 60, with the entry of ‘Gavi’ and Yusuf Demir with 0-2, it was found that there were more solutions.
Right now, the Barça team is already in doubt until they are part of the second echelon of the European teams and qualifying for the round of 16 in a group that also includes Benfica and Dinamo Kiev is seen as a feat.
At least, until they return Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembélé, who until a few months ago was already considered lost. But, in the face of despair, it has become part of hope. Or so Koeman pretends to believe.
Meanwhile, the reality is that before the Bayern the Barcelona He failed to make a shot on goal and his two best chances were a header from Ronald Araujo that Manuel Neuer saw disappear far away and a thread from Philippe Coutinho that came a little closer. Nothing was heard from Luuk de Jong, who despite making his debut as a Barça player did not escape receiving some whistles.
Laporta is watched from the office, aware that it will be a chimera to reconcile the serious economic crisis of the club with its maxim that in the Barcelona there are no transitional seasons.
Sportingly, the course of his first term, 2003-2004, he already experienced a similar situation during the first months, with a 5-1 at La Rosaleda included. Then Edgar Davids appeared on the winter market and the situation began to reverse with Ronaldinho as the leader of a team that would end up winning the Champions League in 2006.
Now nobody knows how long it will take for Barça to get up from this. And his fans look at him with resignation. Everyone already knows that “this is what it is”.