BARCELONA – The Barcelona of the catastrophe is already the Barça of the illusion. Winner (1-2) in Villarreal and pointing to the match against Granada to equal their numbers in the standings, Ronald Koeman’s team underpinned in capital letters their status as a candidate for the League, and who knows if a favorite, to win a title with the one that nobody counted at the beginning of the year.
Even less when, five days after being crushed by PSG at the Camp Nou, he gave up a fatal draw against Cádiz that in mid-February ruled him out of any illusion.
Barça added three points against the Yellow Submarine and a new bit of optimism was noted in the renewal of Leo Messi, unleashed in 2021 in which he already adds 23 goals and 9 assists that (Huesca, Sevilla and Osasuna) are vital in the resurgence Barça have returned the smile to the Argentine star, pending to resolve a future in which the sporting sensations will have an indisputable weight. And with only four weeks to go down the curtain on the League, those feelings could not be better.
The Barça team will close the month of April on the stage that Johan Cruyff always pointed out as the ideal in the season: fighting for the League. The long-awaited Dutchman, who would turn 74 this Sunday, kept reaching the final rush of the competition with aspirations to win it, adding to a no less definitive sentence from Luis Aragonés: the League is won in the last ten days.
And today Barça knows it, just like that Atlético that after barely conceding a defeat and a draw in their first 19 matches of the tournament, has yielded five draws and two defeats in the next 13 to dilute a dominance that seemed as decisive as It has been erased over the weeks.
While the environment is in a daze with the European Super League, Ronald Koeman maintains his five senses in his ‘game by game’ with which he has resurrected a sunken team and a
club collapsed. Without paying attention to everything that is said, speculated and threatened, the Dutchman has ceased to be an emergency coach and incidentally to become an indisputable character around a Camp Nou once again convinced of himself.
Koeman has turned a depressed squad into a tight group. As soon as he arrived, he had to personally say goodbye to Luis Suárez, deal with Leo Messi’s attempted escape and take the reins of a dressing room indicated by 2-8 in Lisbon. After eight months, he has recovered the best image of Sergio Busquets and Ousmane Dembélé, took the best version of De Jong, catapulted Pedri, Mingueza or Araújo and returned the smile to the captain.
And, you already know, it is not the same to consider a renewal from disenchantment than to do it from the happiness that the club enjoys today, a point perhaps not final in Messi’s decision but undoubtedly transcendent