BARCELONA – Barcelona reborn from the ashes of Lisbon will say goodbye to the Camp Nou this Sunday with a feeling of sadness unimaginable just a month ago. But even more makes eight.
The season that began with the sending of a Lionel Messi burofax to the club’s offices and an expulsion by phone for Luis Suarez will close with a Cup title in the showcases, a team capable of surviving its worst moments to reengage to the fight for the League and, also, the verification of an exciting future personalized in the Pedri, Ronald Araújo, Ilaix Moriba or Óscar Mingueza, who added to the injured Ansu Fati, Frenkie de Jong or Sergiño Dest should outline a kind of new column vertebral in azulgrana.
Nobody would have said last September that Barça would be, still hit by the pandemic, in the current situation, whether sports or institutionally. The famous Barçagate scandal that was born in March 2020 led to the flight of Bartomeu and the convocation of elections … But it did not influence the roller coaster of game, results and sensations that Ronald Koeman’s team offered and repeated weekly, to reaching the month of January with nothing to say in the League, defeated in the Super Cup and surviving on the wire in the Copa del Rey. That at the gates of the collapse of the Champions …
But the Barça that brilliantly conquered the Cup, came back superbly in the League with a streak of 19 games without losing (16 wins and 3 draws), took advantage of the irregularity of Real Madrid, the collapse of Atlético de Madrid and, as Who does not want to, began the month of April forgetting the KO against Paris Saint-Germain and daydreaming about turning a transitional season into a historic double.
But that revived team fell at the most exciting moment. He lost his first opportunity in the Valdebebas Classic and was immediately displaced by Granada at the Camp Nou. And from there … to depression. From their match against Real Madrid and until their draw against Levante, Barça added only 11 of the 21 points in dispute and incomprehensibly let a League escape that they came to have in their hands.
And that causes him to arrive in the middle of May, with only two days to finish the championship, caught up with an impossible miracle. As much as he defeated Celta Vigo in this last home game, a victory for Atlético in the Wanda Metropolitano against Osasuna will have definitively closed his remote options to consummate that miracle that he contemplated so closely a month ago.
In this way, Koeman’s Barcelona looks more to the future than to the present. Focused on finishing in the best possible way but pending to plan the new season. With a collection of designated footballers who are looking for a way out and considering how to reinforce the squad.