Former Barcelona president’s, Josep Maria Bartomeu, handed in his resignation on Tuesday. As reported a few hours ago, the players were having dinner during the president’s press conference. Many players reacted differently, but a few were relieved. Whether it is Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué or any other player, Bartomeu resigning is perfect for everyone.
Lionel Messi was the main topic after Bartomeu’s departure and he was seen smiling after getting off the bus this afternoon. The Argentine magician had an outstanding feud with his former president this summer. Unfortunately, Messi lost his battle with Bartomeu but his resignation now means the captain could probably renew his contract.
Other than Messi, one player was seemingly happy with the president’s departure. This unnamed player jokingly said that he was going to put the champagne in the fridge. While this joke is hilarious, it just shows how much the players sympathised with the fans during Bartomeu’s reign. Smiling and joking when this kind of matter is around is a big deal from the players. Also, if they play well against Juventus today, the resignation might have boosted the players’ morale, especially Messi’s. Let’s hope.
Source: Deportes Cuatro
Ilaix Moriba speaks following his first screamer goal for Barcelona
Ilaix Moriba has scored his first goal for Barcelona in stunning fashion. The teenager came on as a substitute against Osasuna and linked up with Lionel Messi to get off the mark for the club.
After enjoying a wonderful time with the first team in this past month and a half, making his senior debut against Cornella in the Copa del Rey, the midfielder has gone from strength to strength. He made
Moriba replaced Sergio Busquets in the 67th minute for his fifth appearance of the season. In the final moments of the game, linked up with Lionel Messi, feinted onto his left foot before unleashing a fierce left footed shot into the top corner.
Ronald Koeman was full of praise for the youngster after his cameo against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey in midweek, and his faith in the Barça B youngster has once again paid major dividends.
The 18-year-old’s goal sealed an eighth away win of the league campaign for Barcelona, after Jordi Alba opened the scoring in the first half with a magnificent finish from a stellar lobbed through pass from Messi.
“I will never forget this moment until I die. This is where Ansu scored too. He is like a brother to me, he is from the family,” said Moriba in the post-match interview (via BarçaTV+).
Moriba added: “I want to dedicate this goal to my father and La Masia where I have learned a lot from.”
Barcelona grabbed all three points at El Sadar against a tough Osasuna side to move within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid. The Catalans will now be hoping that the Madrid derby tomorrow will help them close the gap at the top even further.
Ilaix is also confident that they still have a chance for the title: “La Liga isn’t over for us. We will fight till the end. That is the DNA they taught us at La Masia.”