Why did Barcelona bring shame on itself in Paris.

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Why did Barcelona bring shame on itself in Paris.

The
defeat of Barcelona should not surprise anyone. Firstly, the Catalans
are not as good as usual this season. Secondly, the rival was also
very serious. Although PSG is “playing with a limp” this season,
it still is a stacked team, that is able to take the wind out of
sails at home arena. Nevertheless, nobody expected that the final
score would be 4:0. And that isn’t just an unlucky train of events;
Barcelona didn’t have any early bath or injuries of both
goalkeepers. Barcelona has been justly punished by PSG. PSG had
awakened Barcelona to a sense of helplessness. The feeling that
Alaves
has experienced during the recent match against Barcelona.

How
to play against Barcelona style all knew better in word than in deed.
PSG didn’t give the Catalans even a small piece of the field, even
a second for reflection. The football players from the French club
gave it all, they did all possible to win. Indeed, PSG has played its
best match for the last few years and it would be very difficult to
repeat. The Catalans have made 31 attempts to dispose an opponent of
the ball. PSG has successfully disposed its rival 31 times! This is
the most illustrative statistic factor. The Frenchmen were disposing
the ball at average once every three minutes. The triple Matuidi,
Rabiot
and Verratti
have done this 11 times. But they can’t beat Meunier


the Belgian has 8! Of course, Barcelona has made 578 passes and 510
were accurate passes. And
only
three
of
them
were
sharp.

I
repeat again – PSG has played its best match for the last seasons.
If the club continues to show such results, PSG will win the
Champions League. But it is hard to believe that the team will be
able to keep on track for a long time.

If
you go back to the history of success of Barcelona, you will find out
that team never has the plan B. That is, if not to mention an attempt
to replace Pique to attack by the end of unsuccessful matches. When
Barcelona was failing to do something, it always reacted by one and
the same way – to take the ball, to drive the rivals into their
penalty area and push. And now it became clear that the Catalons are
not always able to act as they were used to but they have no plan B.

In
fact, there is only two ways: to change the style or to change the
football players. In is hard to believe in first way, but the second
one is extremely expensive. The team needs new right guard and at
least one new central midfielder. Of course, money is not a problem
for Barcelona. The problem is to find a necessary football player. It
is not so very serious with a guard, but the midfielder… Marco
Verratti

seems
to fit perfectly, but PSG is not ready to say him “goodbye”. Who
else? Miralem
Pjanić?
Juventus is not ready to sell the player either. Koke
and Saul Niguez from
Atletico jump to mind. But they both would be very expensive.

The
main theme that has been discussed since early Wednesday is the
future of
Luis
Enrique
.

His contract will expire in summer and that real smash done by PSG is
hinting at the idea that there is no need to continue. He became, in
some sense, the prisoner of this situation. The former player, the
coach who began in cantera


– he resembles Josep
Guardiola.
But Guardiola
is one in a million and any clone, any coach who would work using his
molds would lose.
Luis
Enrique

has
won the Champions League having proved that he also is a strong
coach. He just didn’t bring anything new. Now Barcelona needs a new
start. Is
Enrique
capable
of
it?
It
is
highly
unlikely…

Whom
to replace
Enrique?
This problem is much more difficult than search for a new central
midfielder. Mass media has mentioned the names of Jorge
Sampaoli,
Ernesto
Valverde
and someone else, but no one from them seems to be ideal. Ideal
candidate is never found, simply there is someone who fits more. It
is hard to find the better coach that will suit to the philosophy of
Barcelona. But maybe it is a high time to change it?

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