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The planning flaws in the 2019-20 Barça

Published:26/02/2020 - 20:56h

Updated:26/02/2020 - 20:56h

The 2019-20 season is being very difficult for Barça, which tries to overcome the sports and institutional problems. As the captains slipped in, there are several planning flaws that have affected the team

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The FC Barcelona goes on in the fight by LaLiga and the Champions League, but carries a lot of months living in the wire. His more solid and competitive version has gone cracking year after year, and after long of glory and successes in the Camp Nou, approaches the feared end of cycle. The course 2019-20 is not being at all easy, and on the way to the summer it will be necessary to work to recover good feelings.

In the window estival expects a deep reform of the staff, necessary, and at the same time of maximum requirement after the recent events. The last Barcelona project has advanced with utmost difficulty and with a more stressed dependency that never of Leo Messi, and the patches have not been sufficient to sustain in a battle by the titles in which already they have escaped the Supercopa of Spain and the Glass of Rey.

The injuries, of course, have been an authentic torture for the Catalans, but are not the only guilty of an irregular path. The changing room assumed part of fault because it has not achieved to keep the level in a lot of parties, but like the captains glided -and seems that there is agreement practically between all the cracks-, the planning has not been ideal, something that has signalled Leo Messi and that among others, Sergio Busquets went back to repeat after the last European appointment.

In spite of that in the summer 2019, the team seemed powerful and compensated, there were doubtful decisions, that multiplied in January 2020. The strategy of a short staff has been too risky, and although this will give some opportunities to the canteranos, also has left in alert to the filial, that is struggling by the promotion to Second Division To and has to do malabarismos to nourish of the inferior categories and at the same time reinforce to the first team.

The problems of planning of the Barça


The decision to change to Ernesto Valverde by Quique Setién is perhaps one of the most surprising, and arrived in very bad hour because it situated in the sight to the extremeño and left to the Cantabrian without margin of reaction. Obviously, to the of Viandar of the Edge it is necessary to demand him his part of responsibility, but if the justification is that there was a hurtful wear for the team, the ideal, and logical, had been to act before or afterwards, no to all haste in full month of January and when the team had to shot three trophies and only him sobraron ten minutes in the Supercopa. Besides, the recently arrived has showed that no only was thing of the trainer, since in spite of his very distinct style, there are some failures that does not attain to eradicate.


The mass salarial carries years overwhelming to the Barça, and some recent movements seem a desperate road to square numbers. It is difficult to understand because it bet by a promise like Junior Firpo, that is having problems of adaptation, when it could have awarded this paper to Marc Cucurella -could have worked to go back to his equal place that is doing the ex verdiblanco- or Juan Miranda. Of a similar form, went out Abel Ruiz, Moussa Wagué or Carles Pérez -among others-, that could be or no valid for the first team, but that were not urgent exits in a moment of sportive need. So much conveyance with option to buy seems a way of finance risked and something irresponsible, since the canteranos begin to think that they only will serve of momenda of change.


With Marc-André ter Stegen confirmed like a historical tarpaulin, there are more doubts on the Net case Walled. The Brazilian has not done it badly when it has had opportunities, but the bad fortune and the injuries have not helped to that consolidate like a relief of guarantees. Especially unpleasant is the fact that Jasper Cillessen, that has good level and was tanteado by several clubs, did not attain to be planted and had to go in in an exchange that favoured to Valencia and Barça in the economic plot.


In the club has cost to hit with the 'timing' of some operations, and this has happened bill in the retaguarda. To the case Junior, previously explained, it is necessary to add the doubts in the right side and with the central, to start with, speaking of the youngsters. If Moussa Wagué and Jean-Clair Todibo did not convince to the technicians, it was necessary to have moved before to look for spares of guarantees to Nélson Semedo -further of Sergi Roberto- and to Gerard Hammered, to the that already carries years looking for heir. Of the same form, and with another tarpaulin like Clément Lenglet, it was necessary to choose before with Samuel Umtiti, whose irregular path does not finish to convince and will force to pose his exit in summer.

Centre of the field

The medullary is one of the better zones covers of the Barça 2019-20, but this does not mean that it have not left doubts. The bajón of Sergio Busquets asks to cries a relief generacional, and the mix of Arthur, Frenkie of Jong and Arturo Vidal, in spite of his chispazos of quality, still has not finish of cuajar. To the youngsters will give them continuity and the veterans could take the door of exit, in which it remained atascado Ivan Rakitic that has happened of star to starry. The Croat has been a safe in the last years, but in the final stretch of the past market estival put him on sale and this has not liked him, what has affected him mental and also futbolísticamente.

The same that in the defence, these lacks had to have detected before, and if the will was traspasar the one of Möhlin, it was necessary to have him priced in some 50 millions that now seems difficult that anybody pay. The perlas of the Masia also have found obstacles to show the head, especially because, as they explained Valverde and Setién, is difficult to separate to a veteran with experience to develop to Carles Aleñá or Riqui Puig. The one of Mataró chose to go to the Betis when it could have arisen an opportunity, and the one of Matadepera follows insisting with hopes for the next campaign. This is a key plot for the success of the culés, so it will be necessary to retouch it to consciousness so that aúne youth, style and performance for the present and the future.


It is necessary to take into account that in the majority of cases is difficult to find balance, but the one of the leading is, of long, the gravest. The dependency of Leo Messi and Luis Suárez has stressed in bad moment, because both exceed widely the treintena and the injuries have not given respite them. Joint them with Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé seemed a good played in the fight by the titles, and more with the disclosures Ansu Fati and Carles Pérez covering them the backs.

The injuries and the bad management have broken completely the attack of the Barça, and have him in alert in two greater competitions. Setién Fears that it fall somebody more or that the Argentinian or the French finish sanctioned, because with the one of Vernon and the one of Jump in the infirmary, there is not anybody more greater of age to the that can resort. Call to some canterano would suppose to leave to the filial in picture, because in winter explained more gone out that gone in when it had to have been the contrary. It is intelligible that there was not an offensive of emergency by a nine, but play it everything to a letter like the one of the fragile Dembélé has finish happening bill.

The sportive managers took too much in choosing a relief for Suárez, and opted for subtracting when they had to have added. The charrúa is a key piece in the gears of individual form and also for the collective performance, something that can check in the bajón that among others, has affected to Messi after his go through the operating theatre. The years of warnings did not serve for nothing, because after resorting of urgency to Kevin-Prince Boateng, has had to call to Martin Braithwaite, that will contribute what willingly can limited only to LaLiga.

Besides, and this already is question of tastes, the club empeña in buying stars that do not fit in his systems, trusting that his talent is sufficient so that they assent in the Camp Nou. Philippe Coutinho was of more to less because his half tip does not exist in the current team, and Griezmann, although fight, mark and took from time to time remains deslucido because it is a second tip that neither takes place specific. With Neymar or Lautaro in the sight, the Barcelona have bought, a lot, very expensive, and no of the all useful for his needs.

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