Friday, May 27

The Barça, in the European cornice

Walking along the ledge, what would I say Miguel Angel Toasti, former Espanyol technician, wanders Barça de Koeman in Europe. They have made so many mistakes (0-3 at the Camp Nou against Bayern Munich and 3-0 at Benfica in Lisbon) at the start, that they have condemned the team to an extreme situation just when the first phase of the Champions League.

Nor has it reached the end of October and the Catalans have no margin for error. “We are risking our future in the Champions League,” admitted Koeman, calling today’s match against Dynamo Kiev “decisive”. “It is a better team than last season,” warned the coach.

“After losing both games, we have to win. There is nothing else,” admitted the Dutchman, facing a final exam to continue surviving. A defeat would almost send Barça to the disgrace of going to the Europa League, the second division of continental football, thus treading on a swampy territory.

As boggy in sports (it would be a cataclysm for the team not to go to the round of 16) and economic since Eduard Romeu, the Barca vice president, has budgeted in the accounts approved by the assembly in its first part to reach, at least, the rooms.

“Barça has lowered its level”

It has been years since Barcelona in Europe has ceased to be reliable and protagonist. Since 2015, with Luis Enrique and the trident Messi-Neymar-Suárez, has not won a Champions League.

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Although the problem, in reality, is that it has not returned to approach a final, leaving on the road shameful defeats (Rome-2018, Liverpool-2019, Bayern-2020 and PSG-2021) that enter the catalog of culés horrors .

“The big teams have improved a lot and Barça in these four or five years has lowered their level”

Koeman, Barça coach

“The big teams have improved a lot and Barça in these four or five years has lowered their level. I don’t know why, I can only say how long I’ve been,” said the coach. He is responsible for the fall (1-4 at the Camp Nou and 1-1 at the Parc des Princes) with the Parisian team.

The comparison

Nor with Messi-Neymar-Suárez (2016-2017), nor with Messi-Suárez-Dembélé-Coutinho (2018), nor with Messi-Griezmann-Dembél- (2019 and 2020) Barcelona has managed to be an authentic candidate for the European crown. “There are teams that have balance in their squad, with a bench of 23 international players and the economic situation is much better than ours, everything influences this,” argued Koeman, exposed, however, to the danger of being separated from Europe at all more start the first phase.

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The last precedent of such a resounding fall dates back to the 2000-01 season when Barça de Serra Ferrer was eliminated by the Turkish Besiktas (“we played ballroom dancing football”, denounced the then vice president Angel Fernandez) and descended to the UEFA Cup. Needs to Koeman, therefore, extend the two days of tranquility that he has had after his victory against Valencia.

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It requires calmly arriving at Sunday’s classic at the Camp Nou while still having Europe on the horizon. If it falls off the ledge, the first damaged will be Koeman, happy as it is for the next renovation of Ansu. “When you are a coach you never have peace of mind. It all depends on the results. We are in a country where things are even more exaggerated.”

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