Even before the kick-off whistle against Bayern Munich, it was known that Barcelona would already be knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage. There was a deep disappointment at the Camp Nou. No one expected Blaugrana to bid farewell to Europe’s most important competition so quickly. When planning the budget for next season, the club’s management from the Catalan capital took over the game at least until the quarter-finals of the Champions League. On Saturday night, Barcelona will want to do what they’ve been used to this season. After losing in a major game, he’ll likely score some league goals, again believing she’s back at her highest level.
Thursday nightmare returns
For the second time in its history (previously in the 1997/98 and 1998/99 seasons) Barcelona finished their adventure in the Champions League in the group stage. Spanish media reports that Bayern has once again shown the difference between the Blaugrana and the biggest teams in Europe. In the match against the German champions, Barcelona took over the role of Athletic Bilbao from the previous league role at the Camp Nou. It can be said with a high degree of probability that if the Bavarians needed a few more goals to qualify, they would have scored without any problems on Wednesday night.
Matteo Alemani, managing director of FC Barcelona, had a different opinion. In Munich it was already clear that we were competitive, we were better for 60 minutes, and this defeat and what happened in Milan determined the development of events in our group. There are a lot of games left and our goal is to try to win the big trophies. The team showed that it can compete with the best. From the match against Inter, we already knew how it was going. In the Champions League, everything turned in the opposite direction. We spent a lot of time analyzing and we know what happened – confirmed.
The match in the European League in the spring, apart from losing the image, means a lot of financial losses for Barcelona. The budget of the Catalan Duma assumed a bonus from UEFA for reaching at least the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Today we know that losses on this account will amount to about 20 million euros. Barcelona will probably “make” some of that money in European second-tier competition, but even if they win this cup, they will not be able to recoup the gains they had planned.
Image loss is an additional issue. Sponsors, such as Spotify, have relied on displaying their brand in top European showrooms by paying huge sums of money. In the absence of an adequate sporting record, Barcelona has become a questionable investment partner for external financing. Investments that will be necessary in July to register new players. So you can expect more leverage and creative accounting.
During Xavi’s time, FC Barcelona was a team of extremists. In league matches, Blaugran can dominate his rivals, give them many goals and deliver eye-catching football. Problems arise when Robert Lewandowski and his teammates face the most important matches of the season. During her current training period, Barcelona won only three matches out of 13. Moreover, in the past three seasons, the Catalan Duma has won the Champions League only four times in its stadium. Only companies such as Dynamo Kyiv (twice), Victoria Pelzno and Ferencvaros were sent to the Camp Nou. This list looks too lackluster for a team that will win on the European stage.
– Unfortunately, the miracle we needed did not happen. We still have LaLiga, we have different matches. We knew there would be ups and downs in the rebuilding process. We showed that this team is growing day by day. Joan Laporta’s fans cheered. In turn, Xavi confirmed that his team is still in the game for the remaining titles. – Since the final whistle in the match against Bayern we go to work. We have to think about La Liga now. We must unite to face the situation. The elimination from the Champions League hurts us a lot, but the season does not end in October. There are still a few games to win – the Barcelona coach confirmed.
In the match against Valencia, we will probably see Barcelona’s dominance. Barcelona is pleasing to the eye and its fans are counting consecutive goals. However, the question that lies behind our mind is which version of Xavi’s squad is real. Who will break the Villarreal Cup player or one of the biggest positive surprises in the first division, Athletic Bilbao? Or is it a team unable to take on the teams that want to compete for the highest goals? The answer to this question must come before the World Cup in Qatar. For now, Robert Lewandowski has certainly adapted to this pocket-friendly position for the team.
The weakness continues in the most important matches
Marca notes that the Poland captain did not provide enough arguments in the form of numbers to keep Barcelona in the Champions League. Spanish media condemns Lewandowski for “disappearance” at the most important moments. In both the matches against Bayern, the Clasico and the away match against Inter, Robert was a foreign body in his squad. The image may confuse two goals in the last minutes against the Italian league runners-up at the Camp Nou.
Matteo Alemani, mentioned earlier, took over the defense of the pole. Lewandowski has already shown, not only at the football level, that he is an outstanding footballer. Every match is unique to him and it is no different when he wears the Barcelona shirt. It does not matter who is currently facing the opposite – concluded the director of Blaugrana.
A striker who has scored 12 league goals in 11 matches and five Champions League goals in the same number of matches should be more than expected. Lewandowski himself certainly expected more from himself and the team. The captain of the Polish national team has not been eliminated in the Champions League group stage since his first participation in this competition, when in the 2011/2012 season he defended the colors of Borussia Dortmund. Lewandowski left the Allianz Arena to win titles not only in Poland but also in Europe. Suppose the road to the Ballon d’Or from Barcelona is shorter than from Munich. Who knows if he is not wrong this time.
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