After a run of 5 consecutive wins, the storm has caught Barcelona once again. The Catalan club lost 2-1 away against Cadiz in a game that consisted of a not-too-bad display, but in the end, made the team lose 3 more points in the La Liga campaign.
Mundo Deportivo wrote ‘Fatal Mistakes’ on its cover, referring to the horrible defensive mistakes in the defence, first from Mingueza, followed by Alba, Lenglet, and Ter Stegen.
The loss put Barcelona 12 points away from Atlético Madrid who are currently leading the table and are considered as biggest favorites to win the La Liga 2020/21 title.
‘What a blunder’, as SPORT says. Considering the fact that Barcelona dominated the game with 83% possession, there really is no explanation for the loss. Busquets perfectly summed up the situation at Barcelona after the game: “If we had an answer to what’s happening with us, it probably wouldn’t happen anymore.”
While everything seemed to go in the correct direction at Barcelona, this loss ruined the hopes of many Culés. The loss hurts, even more, when it comes from a relatively weaker side. Not to mention that key players were rested in the Champions League four days ago just to win the crucial League games.
Koeman will certainly not give up on La Liga, but at this point, it is clear that Barcelona is heavily falling behind. If the Dutchman wants to win the title, his team has no luxury to drop points anymore, especially considering Atlético’s current form.
La Liga chief Javier Tebas talks summer transfers and fan return to stadiums
In a conference held by ADEA Forum (Association of managers and executives of Aragon) in Zaragoza, Javier Tebas spoke on a wide range of topics surrounding La Liga.
Mostly, the La Liga president spoke regarding the league’s bounce back from the pandemic and some potential plans for the league to restore public crowds. He also discussed the losses incurred, the summer transfers, among other things.
The Condition of La Liga
Tebas started the conference by claiming that the situation for the Spanish league is comparatively better than other leagues.
Speaking on this, he said, “The situation is worrying, but not so much. I think that of this pandemic the Spanish League is the one that is going to turn out less badly compared to the others.”
He then spoke about the losses incurred in Spanish football, with the net loss amounting to €1 billion by the 30th of September.
On the losses, Tebas said, “Of this billion, 750 have been financed by banks or investment funds, the latter the majority based in London, and the rest have been done by the clubs pulling their cash.”
Additionally, he mentioned that it was big clubs that were affected stronger than the smaller clubs, due to the huge loss of income from the lack of crowds, among other profitable economic activities that clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoy above others.
A return for crowds to stadiums
When speaking on a return of crowds to stadiums, the La Liga chief seemed tremendously confident in their ability to host crowds as early as tomorrow. He claimed that they would have to run at between 20% to 30% capacity; nonetheless, the Spaniard was confident that teams would be more than capable of hosting crowds very soon.
Speaking on the same, he said, “There is a working group for the return [of fans] to the stadiums. I hope that in the last league games we can see the public in a proportional amount.”
Upcoming transfer window
Speaking on the summer transfer window, the president claimed that there will indeed be a lower amount of transfers as there were in the previous window. Tebas said, “They have already been lower in winter. There may be occasional and exceptional operations, but globally it will decrease. There will be exchanges of players. It’s going to be lower than last year.”
Accordingly, clubs are going to have to dig into their academy reserves more and more as the global and financial situations amend over time.