Barça 2019-2020, chronology of a fire by chapters

first_img3. November 28, 2019. The Barça players decide not to attend the presentation of the documentary Matchday. There are those who or interpret it as a way to show their disagreement with its broadcast; others as a staging of their distance from the directive. Although the main reason is that they still had not received a fee for allowing their image to be used in their private lives. No player, and neither did Valverde, went through the red carpet at the Liceu.4. January 11, 2020. The Valverde recall show explodes. Barça loses against Atlético in the Spanish Super Cup. Eric Abidal and Òscar Grau go to Qatar and try to convince Xavi, who gives them pumpkins. Koeman also says no from Holland and Bartomeu thinks of Pochettino, who does not dislike Messi. In the end, Barça hires Setién before dismissing Valverde, whose settlement becomes another scene outside the Sofía hotel.5. February 4, 2020. Abidal gives an interview to Sport in which he drops that the players were not happy with Valverde and that they trained little. Messi releases a statement through Instagram in which he crushes the French, asks him to assume his responsibilities and to give names. Bartomeu is forced to return from Brussels to solve the crisis and travel to Bilbao, where the team is eliminated in the Copa del Rey.6. February 17, 2020. SER reveals that Barça hired the services of a company, I3 Ventures, which created Facebook accounts from which the image of former Barça managers, future candidates, former footballers like Xavi and even top-notch players like Piqué and Messi. “It is very rare,” the Argentine said in an interview with Mundo Deportivo.7. March 30, 2020. After pressing through the captains of other sections, Barça reached an agreement with the players of the first squad to lower their salaries by 72% only while the state of alarm lasts. Messi hits the managers hard: “We are surprised that from within the club they tried to put us under the magnifying glass and tried to add pressure to us.”8. April 6, 2020. Bartomeu bills the managers he considers unfair and telematically requests Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tomas to resign. Rousaud storms out accusing him of having knowledge of the I3 Ventures scandal, accusing him of being a presidentialist and running the club without attending to the statutes. And ask for elections. The fire continues. Imaginary knives fly through the locker rooms and Can Barça offices. The last stretch of the presidency of Josep Maria Bartomeu, who in 2021 will finish his mandate except for surprise, is guessed volcanic. The conflict between the noble floor and the players, the interested leaks, the malpractice and, finally, the row in the boardroom, are imaginatively bleeding blood to a club that has gone from trouble to trouble since the season started., when nobody knew if the trips to Paris to sign Neymar were real or cosmetic. Neither Messi, captain and compass of Barça, fully believed it. Since that September 12 in which the Argentine admitted not knowing if Barça had done everything possible to sign his Brazilian friend and until this latest institutional fire that will end Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas, two vice presidents, outside of Barça, the club has skipped from conflict to conflict. Barça are moving towards a ‘perfect explosion’ except for an unexpected change of helm. The end of the team cycle, the end of the Bartomeu cycle and the end of an economic bubble due to the new economic context. Broadly speaking, these have been the main fires of the year.1. September 12, 2019. “I would have loved for Neymar to come. I honestly do not know if Barça did everything possible for his return but it is true that negotiating with PSG is not easy.” Messi ended like this with the soap opera Neymar. After trying throughout the month of August to sign him, Bartomeu was unable to close it. For many, it was all a staging, because the Barça club knew that PSG did not want to sell and, furthermore, there was no real will to bring the Brazilian.2. September 29, 2019. Following Messi’s interview and player complaints about the lengthy preseason trips (tour of Japan and mini-tour of the United States), the articles followed, aerating the excessive power of the dressing room. It didn’t take long for Piqué to go out and pinch the managers: “We know the club, we know the newspapers that are related to the club, we know the articles that come out and many times we know who writes them even if someone else signs them. If we continue like this, we will hurt ourselves “last_img read more