On today’s newspaper covers, Sport and Mundo Deportivo are celebrating Barcelona and their return to the Camp Nou later on this evening as they host CD Leganés in Catalonia.
Sport have gone with the cover that states ‘The return to the Camp Nou’ and they talk about the fact that the azulgranas are coming back to play on their ground for the first time since March 7 when they played Real Sociedad.
They also emphasise the Catalans have won 13 out 14 games at their own stadium with only one draw (0–0 against Real Madrid) on the books.
Mundo Deportivo have gone with a rather similar cover for their own paper, accompanying Barcelona and their return with the ‘Spirit of Camp Nou’.
They also state the league leader is returning to his fortress, albeit without the fans this time, to put pressure on Real Madrid who are trailing by two points in the table.
It’s interesting to note that both outlets are also focusing on Quique Setién’s statement on rotations and we already have his full squad list for the clash. That means we could see a completely different team at the Camp Nou than the one that beat Mallorca 4–0 last Saturday.
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.