Even for those who had been dwelling in a cave, avoiding updates on Barcelona’s varied catastrophes over the previous 18 months, a quick look at their sport in opposition to Granada on Monday and also you quickly would have realised the membership have been in a generational disaster.
The pressure swirling round Camp Nou was might be felt earlier than kick off.
Prior to the sport, reviews that supervisor Ronald Koeman was one embarrassment away from going through the chop have been rampant. Therefore, the Dutchman’s blood pressure would have spiked significantly when Granada put themselves in entrance with lower than two minutes on the clock.
Domingos Duarte was the scorer, ghosting in on the again submit the place he was afforded a comical quantity of area to go residence. This calamitous begin to the match was solely the start of a painful night for Koeman and his staff. The membership being in a dire state is not any secret and the regularity of reminders of this truth was startling.
Soon after Duarte’s opener, Granada may have simply had a second, with captain Jorge Molina forcing a prime save out of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Before the break, Koeman was then dealt one other crushing harm blow with teenager Alex Balde pressured off with an harm that, by the look of the heavy strapping on his decrease again, he might need been requested to play by.
This means Barcelona, the membership that has spent unfathomable quantities on gamers over the previous 5 years, should not have a single match and accessible left-back in your entire squad. What an entire joke.
Things didn’t get higher within the second half both. Luuk de Jong, whose mere presence on this squad is an insult to Johan Cruyff and the sport he beloved, did his finest impression of a manikin for 45 minutes, barely touching the ball. Even when he was provided his bread and butter, a close-range header, he couldn’t produce, someway powering his effort over the bar.
Ronald Araujo salvaged one thing for Barcelona late on / Eric Alonso/Getty Images
Perhaps if Gerard Pique, his strike-partner for the ultimate quarter-hour – no, critically – had been in that place, he might need been more profitable.
De Jong’s header got here after considered one of Barcelona’s tried 45 crosses in the course of the sport. The overwhelming majority have been aimless, even if one did discover the pinnacle of human wrecking ball Ronald Araujo for the equaliser. This shift in strategy, somewhat than the consequence itself, is more likely to do Koeman probably the most injury.
As wishful as this considering is perhaps, given the disastrous state the membership discover themselves in, Barcelona’s match-going cules – and more importantly, the board – nonetheless demand a method of play that may be traced again by the membership’s wealthy historical past.
Around 3,000 tickets weren’t offered for the Granada sport, largely as a result of supporter apathy, and that is unlikely to alter until Barcelona revert to the gorgeous free-flowing soccer Culers crave.
Koeman doesn’t appear agreeable of implementing this along with his present squad. This, mixed along with his ill-judged makes an attempt to tackle president Joan Laporta publicly, means the writing could already be on the wall for the Dutchman. He might be given his marching orders very quickly.