The Barça closes another season of chiaroscuro
It has been a year of changes in which he has raised a title again and has failed in key moments in LaLiga
ANDl August 19 the Barça made the signing of Ronald Koeman for two seasons. The arrival of the former Dutch coach was applauded by Barcelona fans because it implied the incorporation of an admired man, with culé DNA and who put some light after the closing of another disappointing season with two technicians on the bench and zero titles in the showcases. But the former player still does not know if he will fulfill the agreed second year because it has been a campaign marked by irregularity in which illusions have been mixed with frustrations, the last one against him Celtic, in a balanced way.
Six days later, the case exploded Messi: the Argentine captain communicated that he wanted to leave the Camp Nou. It was an ad that heralded a bumpy course. Koeman he took the reins in a really complicated moment of the institution: with presidential elections on the horizon; with doubts with the continuity, and performance, of the captain; with indications to make a restructuring in the locker room, rejuvenate it, ordered by the Board with unpopular decisions, as the output of Luis Suarez; with the obligation to recover the game and the offensive and combinatorial style characteristic of the Barça and to return to make the Barcelona team champion again; and without hardly any money in the coffers and with only two signings: that of Miralem Pjanicand that of Dest. In the midst of this context, the Dutch, and the Barça, has achieved only some objectives, hence the doubts about its continuity.
The Barcelona has once again celebrated a title: it has raised a King’s Cup. It was imposed with authority Athletic, on Seville, by four goals to zero. The Barça put one more trophy in his display case and Koeman gave a joy to the fans culé and a push to the uncertain continuity of Messi. But the joy of the KO tournament, the number 31 that the culé institution conquers, has not had continuity in The league. The Catalans have wasted up to three opportunities to take the lead in the table in recent weeks. Against the odds, after a great points comeback in 2021, they were not up to the task against Granada, Atlético and Levante. Nor against him Celtic. The double has already disappeared and with it the options that the Dutchman will remain yes or yes on the bench. Laporta, chosen from new president on March 7, he has not been ratified in office. The fiasco against the Vigo team even further complicates their permanence in the culé institution.
Not only has he not won The league, where he has had painful defeats against Real Madrid, Cádiz, Getafe or Celta, but in the European competition he has also not managed to pass the eighth, falling against the PSG in a noisy way: those of Pochettino they prevailed 4-1 in the Camp Nou left the eliminatory seen to be sentence in the return of Paris. The culé fiefdom, in fact, has stopped being this course the fort that it was in other campaigns. In all tournaments.
Koeman has made the Barça has returned to be champion, has made difficult decisions in the dressing room, has bet firmly and decidedly on the quarry (has given continuity to Araujo, Mingueza or Ilaix…), has recovered the associative game culé and has adapted to the delicate economic situation: they have not given him any of the reinforcements he requested. But these lights have been overshadowed by their weaknesses, evidenced both in LaLiga as in the Champions: defensive fragility, lack of effectiveness in attack, Messidependence, system changes and lack of bench.