Joan Laporta He saw them again, the Madridistas, but his second debut in a Clásico was not as happy as he could venture into Barcelona. The new / old Barça president wanted not to see them again, but to enjoy himself again as a visitor against Real Madrid, which he subjected to torment during his first term. But football is not played in the box … And on the field his team did not respond as he, like all Barça fans, expected.
Zidane he beat on the board Koeman and when the Barça coach reacted at half-time, the scoreboard already showed an alarming 2-0. Barça rebelled against the elements, went from timorous to dominating, touched the tie, angrily protested a penalty against Braithwaite that the referee did not want to know anything about, and even less the VAR, but it did not reach. And it failed again at the peak moment.
What in September was presented as a transitional season awaiting better times, with the club busier in the accounts than in the titles, became in March a disproportionate euphoria thanks to an exceptional comeback, relentlessly cutting points against Atlético and keeping Madrid at bay without paying attention to the fact that the calendar offered him as much an alibi as the leader’s mistakes.
But the Barça that already lost the Classic of the first round at the Camp Nou, that fell in the Metropolitan, that could not with Valencia and was collapsed by Juventus or PSG in their own stadium, stumbled again in a duel against a rival of maximum demand.
After 20 days, Barcelona lost again in the League and much of the charm, of the miracle achieved by Koeman, vanished. The Barça that had carried out an imposing comeback and that had come to star in notable games, fell again against a rival of maximum demand. One week before the Cup final, doubts, at the worst moment, were drawn again in the Barça environment.
It took Madrid a quarter of an hour to relocate Barça’s deficiencies on stage and just over half an hour to destroy their illusion. He did it without brilliance but with solvency, knowing how to defend, organizing himself behind the ball, giving up the initiative without problem but biting him based on speed. Koeman’s team was even worth the draw but Madrid, who needed to win yes or yes, knew how to read more and better the argument of a maximum game decided by the minimum.
While awaiting Atlético’s response to Betis, the disappointment at Barça is as clear as that furious and euphoric rage is drawn in a Madrid willing to repeat the final stretch of last season. The night that Barcelona could deliver the final blow on the table ended in disappointment.
It will be necessary to see how a team is capable of reacting from here that, wanting to lean on Messi (606 minutes without scoring a goal against Madrid), does not quite find its own personality when it needs it most.