France coach Didier Deschamps told that he has no doubts that French international Antoine Griezmann will succeed in Barcelona after his debut season. Deschamps knows Griezmann first-hand as the coach is considered one of the player’s architects to success.
“I don’t know the club from the inside. However, I have not the slightest doubt about the fact that Griezmann is capable of succeeding or helping his team-mates. It doesn’t really worry me. Antoine’s quality is undisputed. He has footballing and mental quality for it. He just had a bad time, like others.”, explained Deschamps in an interview with RTL.
However, the French coach also believes that Griezmann has not performed on his best level yet, but that with time, he surely will adapt.
“It’s his debut season. All players have a period in their career where things are perhaps a little bit more difficult. Griezmann has the mentality to deal with it.”, added Deschamps.
Source: Mundo Deportivo
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.