2020 is about to end. In particular, the year of Barcelona It has been a complete disaster. The worst since 2002, just a year before Laporta (which sounds to return to the presidency with great force) will take taking office for the first time. These have been the reasons why the 2020 has been so unfortunate for Barcelona:
In January things started to go wrong for the Catalans. They played in the Spanish Super Cup in Arabia as league champions and faced Atlético de Madrid in the semifinals. Despite dominating and playing a good game, they did not know how to finish it off and Simeone’s men came back with two goals in extremis (2-3). This defeat marked the farewell to the first title of the year and the end of the Valverde era as coach. Setien took over
Barcelona has been the great dominator of Spanish football since 2008, with the arrival of Guardiola. In all the calendar years except 2014 they won at least one trophy at the national level, for a total of 18. And after that mentioned 2014 they raised a historic treble, so it was not bad for them. In 2020 they have been overtaken by Real Madrid. The whites have won the Super Cup and the league, the two Classics of this 2020 (2-0 and 1-3) have ‘wet their ears’ and they are also co-leaders in the current one. In the Copa del Rey Athletic gave an account of the Catalans back in February (1-0), which continued with the club’s disappointments.
The arrival of Setién to the team only made the situation worse. Barcelona’s game was getting flatter and the Catalans had to suffer to win. The rupture between the dressing room and the coaching staff was evident, with public rudeness to Sarabia (second to Setién) and no comment in support of the coaching staff. The Cantabrian did not catch on and at no time gave the feeling of having the minimum control over a changing room full of stars
With everything lost at the national level, in August and after the break due to COVID the Champions could save the season for Barcelona. A great Messi led the Catalans to the final at 8 after his double against Napoli in the round of 16 (3-1). However, that in the end would be almost worse. Bayern showed that Barcelona had no level by far to compete with the greats of Europe and endorsed them a historic win (2-8). To make matters worse, the last two Bavarian goals were scored by Coutinho who was on loan from Barcelona there. Blank season and absolute disaster in Setién’s goodbye
“I’m going”. In a brief statement just a couple of days after the blow to Bayern, Messi announced that he was ending his season at Barcelona. It was the worst news that the entity could receive in those hard times, the departure of the best player in its history. The season had been a disaster although the Argentine’s wear had been a long way off, with a club adrift and very weakened in sport. “With this team it is not enough,” he said after losing the league in a defeat against Osasuna (1-2). In the end, the high record of the Argentine and the club’s clinging to the clause prevented his departure. Of course, in 2021 the contract ends and the options that he leaves are still there
Luis Suárez has also lived his particular ordeal in this 2020 in Barcelona. After the European Super Cup against Atlético, the Uruguayan underwent a knee operation that would leave him out for 4 months and a priori would make him lose everything that was left of the season. In the end, the stoppage due to the coronavirus allowed him to play the last 11 league days and the last 3 of the Champions League, although seeing the end they had almost better that he had not participated in the Barça disaster. As it was not enough, with the arrival of Koeman he stopped counting for the Dutchman and had to go to Atlético de Madrid. A legend like him said goodbye to the club after a historic defeat and through the back door
Suárez’s departure was not the only one this summer at Can Barça. Apart from the Uruguayan, other sacred cows in the Barça dressing room put an end to their time at the club. Koeman gave the settlement to two stars such as Vidal and Rakitic, who had come down last year, and as if that were not enough, the club carried out the sale of Semedo despite having had an acceptable performance. At least Messi’s name was not added to that of this exodus.
The financial crisis of Barcelona already comes from other years, but in 2020 it has worsened even more. The coronavirus, not winning any title and not entering anything with the departure of Suárez, Rakitic or Vidal have greatly harmed the club’s coffers. To this day, he does not have liquidity to carry out transfers for large sums of money, something that would come in handy to fill the hearts of some very disappointed Barça fans with the team in this 2020.
One of the great hopes for the future for Barcelona fans was Riqui Puig. The midfielder had been excited about his self-confidence in the games he had played with Valverde and with Setién he had begun to have more prominence in the first team. The arrival of Koeman, together with the departure of so many midfielders, seemed that it would be the definitive ‘shuttle’ for the Catalan. However, everything exploded when Ronald said that he did not have Riqui a few days after becoming a Barça coach. A way out was sought for him, and although he stayed in the end, to this day his role in the team is testimonial. A category downfall
Not having been able to sign Neymar was already beginning to take away from the good Bartomeu. At the beginning of the year came his ruling by naming Setién after Valverde, as it turned out. In addition, ‘Barçagate’ jumped in his face, in which it was shown that he hired a company to spy on legends such as Messi, Xavi, Piqué or Guardiola to dirty their image and clean his own. He stayed as the president of 2-8 and was about to be the one who lost Messi himself. At the end in the month of October he ended up resigning in an ‘annus horribilis’ for him
Ansu Fati, together with Pedri, has been one of the few positive news from Barcelona in this 2020. The Hispanobissauguinean player was the best at the beginning of the season for the team and at just 17 years old he made his debut and scored even with the Spanish national team. It had started as a shot and was in the fight for the Pichichi. However, in the match against Betis (5-2) everything went wrong. The kid broke the meniscus in his right knee and will have to be off the pitch until March. A real blow. This injury was joined shortly after by Piqué against Atlético de Madrid (1-0). The central defender suffered a serious sprain to his knee and will also be unable to play with the team, at least, until April. Very bad fortune in this regard too
In the summer of 2019, Barcelona gave the bombshell by signing Griezmann from Atlético de Madrid for 120 million euros. A player who in his day said that he was at the height of Messi and Cristiano and that he would have his great opportunity to show it together with the Argentine. He started well, but he was diluted like a sugar and at the end of last season his role was testimonial. With Koeman on the bench, his situation has not improved and his level is far from his best version. In fact, right now he is a substitute behind Pedri or even Braithwaite. The Frenchman has not shown anywhere near to be like Lionel or Ronaldo
Despite the departure of older players, the signing of a new coach and the resignation of Bartomeu and his board, Barcelona are just as bad as last season. In the league they are 5 to 8 points from Atlético and Real Madrid and their game leaves a lot to be desired, it is very irregular. In the Champions League, in an easy group and after a solvent victory against a depleted Juventus (0-2), they failed with a crash on the last day against the Italians at home (0-3) and in the end they have passed as second in the group. They will have to do with Pochettino’s PSG in the round of 16 with the return out, to know if with the public. 2021 can serve to straighten the course, but the sporting situation is even worse than it was at the end of 2019.