Without taking any merit off the victories that Leipzig and foremost Lyon achieved, the biggest highlights of this Champions League quarter finals gotta go to the humilliation endured by Barcelona against Bayern Munich, after the historical rout of 2-8 suffered in the pitch of Estádio da Luz.
HITTING ROCK BOTTOM AT THE END OF A SEASON TO FORGET
I was one of those who trusted Bayern Munich on this one and saw value in the odds rounding 1.95 regarding a bavarian win against a Barcelona that, as i had already alerted, had been disappointing due to the lack of quality of their game in the final matches of La Liga and even on the second half of the match against Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Nevertheless i was far from imagining that Barcelona would fall with such a huge bang in Lisbon. The rout with 8 conceded goals and only two scored had a brutal impact in the catalan club as expected.
The germans completely vulgarized Quique Setién’s team, that got into half time already losing by 4 goals to 1 just to watch that first half result repeat itself “ipsis verbis” in the second half.
Losing at this quarter finals would already be a negative thing and it would accelerate the coach’s exit, losing by a three or four goal difference was reason enough to have some nightmares, however conceding 8 goals almost leaves us speechless given the superiority showned by Bayern, in a game where the germans reached finishing zones with tremendous ease since early in the match.
PIQUÉ SUGGESTED STRUCTURAL CHANGES AND OFFERED ITSELF TO LEAVE THE CLUB
In the “flash-interview” following the end of the match at Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, the defender Gerard Piqué, one of Barcelona’s captains and one of the most influent names in the catalan locker room, gave strong statements regarding the need to introspect, reflect and change the structure from top to bottom, not just coach and players.
The spanish international even referred the possibility of leaving Camp Nou if the ones in charge consider it necessary to proceed to a renovation which he considers urgent.
“Shame, i can’t say anything else. It’s not the first nor the second time. The club needs to change a lot of things.
We hit rock bottom. If i need to leave the club in order for new blood to come, i’ll go. It was an awful match”, considered Piqué who concluded without any contemplations that “the club needs changes and i’m not speaking at a coach and players level but at a structural one”.
QUIQUE SETIÉN SACKED AND REVOLUTION ON SIGHT FOR 2020/21 AT NOU CAMP
Barcelona‘s board gathered last monday in order to take some decisions about the club’s future at short term and adding to the decision of sacking Quique Setién there was the announcement that the next board elections are already scheduled to march 15th, 2021.
Quique Setién’s departure was already an announced and expected scenario.
Not reaching the Champions League final or winning the competition would always end up in this outcome after how Barcelona performed at internal level in Spain with the former Bétis manager ahead of the team.
Names like Ronald Koeman, Mauricio Pochettino and Xavi Hernández are mentioned to replace Quique Setién but it seems the current manager from holland’s national team should really be the choice by the board led by Bartomeu as Koeman already is familiar with the club’s philosophy while Pochettino had already assumed his desire to coach the eternal rival Real Madrid and wouldn’t be well received by the “culés” supporters.
Next season changes are however far from over with the coach’s change.
According to catalan diary Sport, well connected to Barcelona’s reality, almost all the squad is put on the market excepting four untouchable pieces.
Lionel Messi, of course, leads the shortlist where goalkeeper Ter Stegen, defender Lenglet and midifielder Frenkie De Jong also join as future investments.
Not even the uruguaian Luis Suárez seems to escape the revolution that is intended in Camp Nou, where other names like Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Nélson Semedo should also receive a walking guide.
According to the spanish post, the following players are already out of the equation to the 2020/21 season apart of the next arriving coach who will succeed Quique Setién: Neto, Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Rakitic, Rafinha, Arturo Vidal and Braithwaite.
RUMOURS PUT MESSI OUT THE DOOR AND POINT NEYMAR’S RETURN
Despite being promptly denied by sources linked to Barcelona, the rumour (with his origin coming from outside the club), that Lionel Messi is no longer connected with the club’s project and wants to leave Camp Nou right in this transfer market surely didn’t fell in deaf ears.
With a contract valid until june of 2021, the argentinian star has been linked to England’s Manchester City, where he could once again meet the coach Pep Guardiola with whom he had so much success in Catalonia.
On the opposite way there are reports in Spain stating that Neymar is about to return to the catalan squad.
In order to convince Paris Saint-Germain letting go of the brazilian international pass, Josep Bartomeu will be available to offer a proposal of 60 million euros aswel as the french Antoine Griezmann’s pass.