Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned in his press conference at 9:45 pm today and the former Barcelona president’s tenure will be remembered for many dire decisions. His worst decisions have led to the club falling behind financially and being in dire need of money.
Bartomeu, in the same press conference, dropped two bombshells on Culés and football fans in general. Before leaving Camp Nou, the board and Bartomeu himself have accepted to participate in an upcoming European Super League, a tournament initiated by FIFA which will concurrence the Champions League. Bartomeu also confirmed he and his board accepted the new Club World Cup format before the press conference.
“Yesterday we accepted the requirement to participate in a future ‘European Super League’ to ensure the economic sustainability of the club. Today we have accepted the new format of the Club World Cup.”Josep Maria Bartomeu in his farewell press conference
These two initiatives were two ways Fifa wanted to make money and football in a few years might not look like what it does today. Bartomeu announcing these two tournaments in a press conference initially supposed to be around his resignation is one of the most baffling news Culés and football fans could’ve had.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.