Barça: Life without Messi

Only in Chicago should they really understand what this entails. There they enjoyed Michael Jordan 13 seasons. Jerry krause decided to do without Phil Jackson and MJ retired a second time, before playing a couple of years in Washington, which Messi now plans to do in Paris. The Bulls, who won six rings with the best player of all time, have not won a title since ‘His Airness’ packed their bags in 1998. Barça, who have won four of their five Champions With Leo in his ranks, he now begins his rebuilding of his temple without the D10S.

“Koeman is not for stories”

What did you say Joan Laporta In the past week, Ronald Koeman “It is not for stories.” And while Barça are still in mourning and the club values ​​the commercial losses that it allows its franchise player to escape (according to the consultancy Brand Finance could amount to 137 million), the Dutch coach is already working on trying to build a project that was based on the genius of 10.

With cobwebs in the safe from the cheap hole it left Josep Maria Bartomeu (487 million euros of losses in the last year, which are added to the 97 of the previous one), Barça clings to the young. The preseason, in addition to the good feelings of Memphis, has also left a good bunch of young talents. Demir, Gavi, Nico, Bucket… green shoots in the sun. Young blood to unite the Olympians Eric García and Pedri. If the injuries respect them, the Canarian genius and Ansu Fati they are called to command the Barça of the future.

With Agüero emotionally and physically touched (he will be out for 10 weeks) and Dembélé injured again, Koeman gave some clues to the new order against Juve. Net, despite being on the market, will remain in the framework until an interesting offer arrives or Ter Stegen recovers. With Alba -fourth captain after Messi’s departure- and Dest fixed for the moment on the sides (Balde, one of the preseason revelations, left better sensations than Emerson in the Gamper), Araujo is postulated as Piqué’s dance partner before the Royal Society. The club continues trying to give way to Umtiti, whistled by the fans in the Gamper, and Lenglet.

Dest, Gavi and Griezmann congratulate Memphis Depay on his goal. EFE

Eric García and Pedri They are summoned on Thursday to pass the medical check-up and the club will decide whether to give them a few more days of vacation, after doing the double of Eurocup Y Olympic Games. In the center of the field, with Busquets as fixed, the question is who will accompany him in the medullary. If De Jong, who missed the Gamper due to injury, does not recover in time, Koeman could repeat the Gamper’s center of the experimental field, with Sergi Roberto and Demir. The Austrian pearl, who came to Barcelona to play in the subsidiary in principle, not only stays with the first team but also aims to start in the core, ready to burn stages as Pedri did last year. After dazzling as an extreme in the other friendlies, against Juve Demir also looked inside before a fans in need of good news that would raise the funeral mood somewhat.

In search of the lost

Depending on De Jong and Pedri, Demir could also have a hole in a forward that will try to begin to answer the question that Koeman raised after last season’s penultimate game, Leo’s last. “Who will score Messi’s 30 goals?” The responsibility rests for the moment on the backs of Griezmann and Memphis, which have been mixed well during preparation. Ansu Fati he is called to be the third man when he recovers from the injury that has kept him off the field for eight months. He was the top scorer last year until his left knee gave way.

In his absence, that of Agüero and Dembélé and the doubt of what will happen to Coutinho, Braithwaite it is postulated by discard as the third vertex of the offensive triangle. It should be remembered that the Danish striker was also on the transfer list like Umtiti and Pjanic. The Bosnian midfielder, also booed during the Gamper, could be the next after Messi to lighten the salary bill by heading to Turin. Although without Messi, Barça has lowered the wage bill from 110% to 95%, it needs to reduce salaries if it wants to register the new signings.

29,803 spectators for the return to Camp Nou

Barça opens this Monday and until Wednesday the process to request the 29,803 entries for the return of the public to the Camp Nou. The first game in a year and a half and the first official without Messi.


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