These have been times of turmoil at Barcelona. Josep Maria Bartomeu’s reign in Catalonia is seemingly coming to an end but, needless to say, he won’t go down without a fight. The president has recently addressed the public and refused to resign in the face of the vote of no confidence.
Not only that but he wants to delay the process, mentioning the current situation with the virus as an excuse. Of course, seeing how the club wanted to allows the supporters to return to the stands less than a month ago, this claim is contradictory. And surely everyone can see that he’s grasping for straws.
Now, however, Victor Font, a Barcelona presidential candidate, has spoken against Bartomeu on his private Twitter profile. And he had lots to say.
“President Bartomeu and his Board of Directors are abusing the patience and good faith of the club’s members. In democracy, a government that is being questioned by a significant number of people should honour their legitimacy, through commitment, decency and urgency.”, started Font.
The board’s current actions clearly go against the democratic rights of all socis. They have the right to vote and by trying to take that away from them, Bartomeu is abusing his power.
“This Board of Directors has chosen to remain in power, to file complaints with the Civil Guard or hope that the pandemic will prevent voting. Even if that means challenging the democratic rights of socis.”
Since we are living in exceptional circumstances, there is also a need for a different solution. But all the board does is breach rules and stain their legacy and that of the club.
“The board has said it wants to maximize the participation and security of the motion but will allow voting to be done electronically. In exceptional situations, there is a need for exceptional solutions. As of tomorrow, the Board of Directors begin breaching the rules. Is the permanent judicializing of the club the legacy they want to leave?”
Official: Barcelona starting lineup to face Elche — Koeman makes five changes
Barcelona will be hoping to get back to winning ways as they host Elche at the Camp Nou for the rescheduled round one fixture. Ronald Koeman has heavily rotated his team for this encounter, making five changes to the team that took on Cadiz on the weekend.
The first of these changes comes in the heart of the defence, with Samuel Umtiti coming in to replace Clement Lenglet, starting alongside Gerard Pique. Oscar Mingueza gets a start as well, but it is at right-back instead of Sergino Dest. Jordi Alba retains his spot at the left-back position, while Marc-Andre Ter Stegen holding the gloves.
Sergio Busquets had a fairly decent game against Cadiz, but sees himself on the bench with Miralem Pjanic starting as the anchor. Beside him, Frenkie De Jong and Pedri will be acting as interiors as they have so often this season.
There are two changes in the attack as well, with Fransisco Trincao getting a well-deserved start on the right-wing, replacing Ousmane Dembele. Antoine Griezmann starts on the bench, as well, and has been replaced by Martin Braithwaite. Lionel Messi will spearhead the team hoping to keep his goal-scoring run alive.
Confirmed XI: ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; de Jong, Pjanic, Pedri; Trincao, Messi, Braithwaite
Koeman seems to have played all his cards all at once for this game, replacing every other player on the pitch. While Mingueza truly deserved a place in the XI today, it should have been at centre-half instead of Umtiti, who put in a heart-wrenching display against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey no more than two weeks back.