Spanish sports paper Marca got its readers to have their say on whether Barça is still competitive and the results are surprising.
Although Barcelona beat lowly Almería at the weekend by 2 goals to 1 and the fans are beginning to get restless as real Madrid now have a 2 point lead over the Catalans in the league table with Atlético Madrid falling to Real Sociedad by the same margin.
One fan wrote that the problem at Barcelona started with Sandro Rosell and it has continued up till now.He also stressed that the club hasn’t included any significant changes to remain competitive either.
Another fan wrote that you get results with a combination of a good squad and a good manager. The fan went on to say that the club has wasted too much time in trying to strengthen obvious weak points in the squad and that Bartomeu didn’t have a bad first year. He finalised by saying that if you cannot get Ancelotti, get Valverde, Klopp or Guardiola – not some mid table guy (Luis Enrique).
The last fan stressed that Luis Enrique isn’t the man to take Barcelona forward.He said that Enrique’s team selection was questionable and that Barça didn’t call the shots on the field anymore.
He went on to say something I’ve been thinking all season so far in that against the big teams, Barça fails to perform. Barcelona had a nice run of success before PSG brought them down to earth in the Champions League. But it was only against small fry, not the big guns.
He finished by saying: “Barça will not win anything this season again.The current board of directors should all go. Change is needed at Barcelona. The board and its president should all go. We need Laporta back”.
Have your say – do you think these fans are right, are Barça no longer competitive? What will it take for the club to get its edge back?