After 2 months of no football, Barça’s Arturo Vidal is glad to be back on the field with his teammates.
“It was a pleasure to be back in training after two months of quarantine. You enjoy a lot when you are on the field with your teammates.”, Vidal told Barça TV.
The Chilean veteran also pointed out the importance of the coming months and the busy schedule that the team is about to face.
“We are feeling very good and we have several important months ahead of us. We have 11 games left in the league, and they will be like 11 finals.”
The midfielder has also expressed his happiness about the return of Luis Suárez from his injury.
“Suárez recovering from his injury is crucial for us. We are going to face very intense months with a lot of games in a row. We have to be at our best in both competitions.”
Vidal said that he indeed does miss playing in front of the fans, but also stated that he and his team must adapt and perform at their highest level.
“I love playing with the fans in the stadium, but we have to adapt to the situation and focus on achieving our goals.”
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.