Well, as the season started, there seem to arise more and more troubles and inconsistency decisions from the board. The current scenarios tell the entire story of the FC Barcelona’s Bartomeu era. The club is being run by the pointless and illusion senses of board members. Regardless, some players like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique are trying their best but most of the players still may not understand why they are here in Barca.
The most important thing now is to re-proclaim the superiority of the club in the world, not with the financial show cases but with the footballing philosophy. The key philosophy of the club was the development of Barcelona youth academy La Masia. The early 2010’s decade was totally dominated by Barcelona as the club was integrated to Cruyff’s philosophy and implemented by Pep Guardiola. La Masia was the center of the success with the Tiki-Taka system shaped around the midfield trio of Xavi – Busquets – Iniesta and Messi up front. It was a total revolution in the football world as these players along with the club legend and La Masia graduates like Puyol, Valdes, Pique and Pedro integrated very well in the Barcelona system renovated by Guardiola. After Guardiola left, Tito Vilanova gave the continuation to the system and the game was played around Messi and latter was supported in midfield by the proficiency of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. After the tragic incident with Vilanova, and unsuccessful year with Tata Martino, people thought Luis Enrique will bring the glory days back and he did it with winning treble in his very first season. But, the football Barca was playing was different than the Barca of 2010/11 season or of Guardiola era. It was the combination of Tiki-Taka and direct football. With the arrival of Neymar, Suarez and Rakitic and departure of Xavi, the club started to lose its footballing philosophy. The club started to play more of a direct football and it was well exercised with the treble. But the problems started the following season.
Now, since 2014-15 season, we needed a controller of game as Xavi left the club, the club’s game has been degrading. Despite, some moments of individual brilliances of some players mostly Leo Messi, the club has at least been surviving but the downfall wasn’t stopping there. Now, in season 2017-18 Neymar also left and the controller we were in need since 2015-16, hasn’t been found. The signing of average players like Andre Gomes, Arda Turan, Douglas, Lucas Digne, Thomas Vermaelen, Jeremy Mathieu, Aleix Vidal etc as the list goes on, is the pure example of the incompetent and inconsistent nature of the Board. As recent signing of Paulinho, a 30 years old player, playing in Chinese league shows that the club is running more in a business stature. But still, we haven’t found the controller of midfield that we needed since more than a couple of years ago. The first team squad has overload of the mid-table club players. Not every single time Messi can save the club from disasters. Most of the world-class players remaining at Barca are 30+ of age and the board has been clueless about what the club actually needs to reinforce the supremacy of the club all around the world. They are really clueless. So, what makes the fans happy about? The only thing to be optimist about is we still have Messi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pique as the prolific world class players. The club is falling apart and we could do nothing about it as the business mafias are running the board with their drained brain. I just pray that, this thing doesn’t get even worse.