This is it. Barcelona has damaged new floor.
After threatening to turn into an actual basket disaster membership for a number of months in a row and tempting destiny by signing as Martin Braithwaite and Luuk de Jong, it has lastly occurred. Blaugrana is in unknown chaos.
Full time # BarçaBayern pic.twitter.com/1UE58CkggA
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 14 September 2021
Loss in opposition to Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s Champions League group stage opener was removed from a shock given the 8-2 battle Barça suffered of their final assembly, however in some way the current loss felt worse.
The former was extra like a freakish exaggeration of a consequence on the time – this one was too depressingly predictable.
It was Barcelona’s first defeat since Lionel Messi left the membership he had given his total profession to, and for many who optimistically hoped the sidemen would thrive in his absence, it was an unwelcome impolite awakening.
Even within the demoralizing 8-2 defeat in 2020, Blaugrana was really within the sport for brief durations and threatened to roll again the years – till Bayern went by the gears and blew them away.
On Tuesday, Die Roten didn’t even should get out of impartial. They merely rolled down the small drop, and Barça couldn’t hold up. When I noticed this group sport collide, it by no means felt like a gathering between two European giants.
Not for a second did you actually assume that Barcelona might beat the German aspect, nor did they offer us motive to consider that they may. To the untrained eye, this might have been a humdrum’s “giant vs minnow” crash, with the difficult underdog preventing as finest they may.
Thomas Muller’s deflected shot midway by the primary half knocked the stopper out of the host and took the wind out of the supporters’ sails. There had been some very ‘non-league sides’ that allowed the opener in opposition to the Premier League opposition within the third spherical of the FA Cup’ vibes to the environment change.
Robert Lewandowski’s two strikes within the second half gave the scoreboard a extra sensible contact, however the truth is it might have been a lot worse for Barça, who had been decreased to final protection in protection, counting on poor ending to hold the end line humble. ‘moderately than’ utterly embarrassing ‘.
?? Young Talents pic.twitter.com/sBfZJ0kSiD
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 15 September 2021
Koeman tried to squeeze a drop of positivity from the sport by handing out three European debuts for the teenage trio Gavi, Alejandro Balde and Yusuf Demir, however there was no disguise of this sport for what it was: an absolute confusion and a sign of how far Barcelona has fallen.
All goals of a younger, energetic Barça aspect being born out of Messi’s ashes died final evening, with the unbeaten begin to the brand new La Liga season in a single context: Barça are nonetheless among the best groups in Spain, however they’re mileage charge in comparison with the remaining of Europe.
The fallout from the 3-0 defeat solely additional highlighted their issues. Damage to key duo Pedri and Jordi Alba was first introduced. The former – who performed 73 video games for membership and nation final season – lastly paid the worth for Barça’s and Spain’s overdependence and overuse of him at his tender age, and suffered a thigh damage that would put him out for a couple of month.
In addition, Alba could miss the identical variety of matches with a hamstring damage, which implies that Koeman could also be compelled to play and not using a acknowledged senior again till the subsequent worldwide break.
MEDICAL MESSAGE @JordiAlba & @Pedri ➡ https://t.co/p9hgy8JWBC pic.twitter.com/cvuD2r27m3
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 15 September 2021
He has been backed into simply that nook of the membership’s sale of Emerson Royal and Junior Firpo to the Premier League, as properly as coaching points for Sergino Dest and now Alba. Barcelona’s drained squad is already being examined at its peak, with Koeman looking ahead to Ansu Fati, Sergio Aguero, Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembele to return.
Imagine a world the place Barça are looking ahead to Braithwaite to return from damage to assist free switch Memphis Depay. Imagine a world the place Barça signed Braithwaite as an emergency backup for Luis Suarez, however supplied him a four-year contract.
It actually bothers the thoughts.
The humiliation reached its peak on Wednesday afternoon when President Joan Laporta launched a message to supporters through Twitter asking them to assist the workforce and have some “confidence and patience”.
Un missatge a tot el barcelonisme: confiança i suport a l’equip. I do not need any doubts, I solucionarem. Visca el Barça! pic.twitter.com/xwFur9ls7b
– Joan Laporta Estruch? (@JoanLaportaFCB) September 15, 2021
They had been the actions of a person who is aware of he has no management over a spiral scenario, and whereas he guarantees to resolve their issues, he’s properly conscious that this new flame is probably not the official backside for Barcelona.
Be ready, Culers, for as unhealthy because it feels at present, indicators point out that the scenario will solely worsen tomorrow.