The Real society was the last rival of Barça in the last game at the Camp Nou a year and a half ago. Much has changed the club since then. Ronald Koeman now occupies the bench of a Quique Setién who assured this week that after his brief stint in Barcelona he had taken away the desire to train forever. The Cantabrian’s last game was the humiliating 2-8 against Bayern, which marks one year this Saturday. Nor is the president the same. After the Bavarian tumble, Josep Maria Bartomeu said that there was no institutional crisis, only sports. A phrase that, after 97 million losses in that course and 487 in the next, you could say that it has aged badly. After the record of signatures of a motion of censure, he resigned and, after the longest provisional meeting in history, Joan Laporta returned the box promising that with him Messi would renew. But Like Setién and Bartomeu, the star, the captain and the author of the only goal against Real a year and a half ago, he will not be this Sunday in the field.
“It is not necessary to live of the past”, has sentenced Koeman on the march of Leo. “I think that in general it is painful for all the Catalans. I understand what Messi has done for this club and the type of player he is. We miss him for being such an important player in the history of Barça. It is painful for all the Catalans but they are things that happen and we have to look to the future, which belongs to the young people. “The Barça coach highlighted Piqué’s gesture of lowering his salary to allow Memphis to register.” You have to highlight the attitude of Piqué, Busquets, Sergi Roberto. They have many, they want to help the club. It is important and it shows that they are people from home “, he has sentenced.
His compatriot Depay is called to be the beacon in the absence of Messi. “I expect a lot from Memphis. We spent two years with the national team where he has been a fantastic player who gave the team effectiveness and performance and I ask the same of him. It is fast and effective. We have lost effectiveness with the departure of Leo and we ask all the players, not only the forwards, but also the media. Memphis is very important. “Another of the players who must take a step forward is Griezmann, who has gone from being with one foot back at Atlético to having a key role in the new ecosystem.” He will surely be more important. Leo’s position, where it is a possibility for Antoine to play, gives the team more freedom and to himself and it may be to his advantage. ”
The third vertex of the offensive triangle
The third vertex of the offensive triangle would be for Ansu Fati, once I left the physical problems behind. After eight months of absence, his return seems closer and closer. “Ansu Fati may be in two or three weeks training with the group and could play after the selection break.” Anyway, if the economy allows it, he would like to have one more striker. While waiting for that to happen, Barça has signed up Rey Manaj, head of the subsidiary, as well as Èric García and Memphis this Saturday.
Facing sunday the infirmary has emptied a bit, as the coach has announced that Gavi and De Jong will be ready for the league premiere. “I am very excited to start and to be able to have 20 or 22 thousand fans (…) The start of the League is important,” said Koeman, who knows that the beginning can set the tone for a season in which he prioritizes. “You always have to think more about the League itself and in this sense we are a strong team and we can aspire to the maximum. The Champions League is something else.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.