According to a report published by El Golazo de Gol, Lionel Messi’s situation at the club is complicated as it stands, and him playing in the final of the Spanish Super Cup seems far from likely right now. He picked up an injury against Granada in the 4-0 whacking and was immediately substituted after a conversation with Ronald Koeman on the touchlines. Consequentially, Barcelona had to lineup without Messi against Real Sociedad in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de Espana.
Barcelona overcame Real Sociedad in the semi-finals of the competition with Marc-Andre ter Stegen leading the club through the mud with a performance for the ages. Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann could only do so much in the absence of Messi, and it was more than visible as the Blaugrana hit just one past the Alex Remiro.
However, according to the report, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who was in the stands watching the game, wants to play in the competition’s final. Though, his injury might prevent him from doing so, as Ronald Koeman will have his eyes on the La Liga. Barcelona have just started to climb up the rings in the table, sitting in third, and hindrance to Messi’s season can create a mountain of problems for the club.
The Spanish Super Cup final can be the ideal time for someone like Griezmann and Dembele to step up massively and take the mantle from their club captain. Their combined transfer fee of €250 million has often been the subject of criticism, but it can largely go away if they deliver against one of Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao
Joan Laporta stance on Eric Garcia remains firm
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta kept his stance strong when questioned about Eric Garcia’s potential signing this January. With the transfer window nearing the closing date, Laporta still believes there is no reason to sign the defender immediately.
Commenting on Garcia’s signing, he stated his disagreement with having to pay if he would come for free in the summer: “I remain in the position I had when this possibility was raised. If a player wants to go to Barça, he has to prove it. And if he would come for free in June, it is hard for me to understand why we should give money to a competing club.”
Barcelona have been linked to the former La Masia center-back playing for Manchester City for quite a while now. Last summer there was plenty of back and forth as Barcelona tried to sign him, but Manchester City remained firm on their asking price of around 20 million euros. There has been plenty of debate among the three presidential candidates and interim president Carles Tusquets about the signing. But it is almost impossible to bring Garcia to the Camp Nou right now.
Victor Font is someone who believes that Garcia’s signing could be vital in Barcelona’s pursuit for silverware this season. Laporta however, believes that there is no need for haste. He does not want any decisions before a new president is elected. In their latest press conference Laporta and his campaign’s economic manager Jaume Giro presented an overview of the club’s precarious financial position.
Speaking of the mail voting procedure, Laporta said: “We think they are the most important elections in the history of the club and that is why voting by mail must be very well organized. We have asked the Manager to inform us in detail about the entire postal vote process. The club is in a situation of maximum economic difficulty and requires urgent solutions.”
Jaume Giro also clarified their plans to alleviate the crisis Barcelona are in: “The debt is worrying, with figures that are impressive. We are convinced that with prudent and rigorous management we can reverse this situation. With the debt, it will be necessary to sit down with the banks and explain the situation to negotiate a refinancing with transparency and extend the payment schedule.”
Giro also stated that the situation has been adversely affected by COVID, but it has not caused the crisis: “It is not true that the delicate situation we are experiencing comes from the pandemic. If we analyze the rest of the clubs we will see that the results are different and the net profit is maintained. It is evident that Covid has aggravated the situation, but it has not generated it.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo