It’s difficult to describe what happened yesterday night by just using words. But the papers did a fairly decent job at that nonetheless. No matter how you turn it, it’s Barcelona’s shameful end of an era. Simple as that.
Sport are also calling it a ‘Historic humiliation‘ and they are right. The Catalans have not conceded seven or more goals since the late ’40s and this marks their first trophyless season in 12 years.
Needless to say, this was also Barcelona’s biggest defeat in Europe ever. It also comes as a cherry on top following the debacles of Rome and Anfield. All three of Gerard Piqué, Quique Setién and Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke and all were just plain depressed.
‘Something has to change‘ is the main moral of the story. Mundo Deportivo definitely agree. After all, they state this is Barcelona’s shameful end of an era, which is also spot on.
Bayern Munich were a much, much better team. But that’s also the thing – they were a team – relentless, compact, hungry and a unit more so than anything else. Barcelona showed nothing, unfortunately.
Setién will surely not continue and most likely the same can be said for Bartomeu, who just might call early elections according to the same outlet. As for the squad, a huge cull is needed, the board knows it, the players know it and we know it.
The cycle comes to an end. But at least, there’s nowhere to go but up, right?
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’.