Andre Iniesta who has been on the sidelined by a knee injury is back ahead for the El-Classico clash.
Enrique told a press conference:”The biggest news is that we’re getting Iniesta back, which has extra importance since he’s our captain. If there’s one player who helps most with our style, it’s him.”
Iniesta sudden restoration could be more of a timely comeback for the Catalan giants, as his absence has seen Barcelona midfield more fragile, with his distinguished dazzling passing and creative flair he adds to the game as stay put since his absence.
The 32-year has a startling tendency not to lose possession of the ball, this gives room for Barca to outplay their opponents, efforts from Ivan Rakitic, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez hold no light to the ever glowing Don Andre, the midfield glow has been lost since 40 days absence of the midfield maestro.
Now that Iniesta is back the manager might resolve to a change in formation, Samuel Umtiti in the starting lineups as Pique partners the French man, with Javier Mascherano moving from centre back to right back, makeSergi Roberto moving from right=back to midfield if the manager is likely to introduce the 3-4-3 formation.
It not new since the manager makes use of this formation against Leganes and Deportivo La Coruna.since its a 3-4-3 formation, Lionel Messi and Neymar will have the central midfield to overload.
Will Luis enrique ever gamble on such tactics?this just a possibility.
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Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
5 Must Do Assignments For Joan Laporta
Joan Laporta officially becomes the Blaugrana’s President following a simple swear-in ceremony to take up the mantle of leadership with the Calatan based club, in his second coming after a first spell between the year 2003-2010 marked with great sporting success both off and on the field.
After the €124.6million financial guarantee was ratified by LaLiga, Laporta won the recent election after an excruciating months-long delay with 30,184 of the 55,611 votes cast were able to assume the reign following the handling of powers from the Managing Commission led by Carles Tusquets.
With Joan Laporta and Barcelona faced with the reality of huge financial challenges within the context of the pandemic, as he faces yet another six years term in office. It would be quite interesting to see how Laporta would drag the Blaugrana out of the financial challenges and somewhat institutional collapse they’ve found themselves.
Here are 5 most important assignments for Joan Laporta
The 2019-20 season ended in a disastrous and disappointing manner for the Blaugrana, with the 8-2 mauling in the hands of ‘Die Roten’ Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The crisis in the club started unraveling one after another, with all of the issues plaguing the club from within began to come to the fore under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu who was forced to resign.
While the crisis eating the club deeply seems to be degrading the institutional reputation the Blaugrana has built over the years, there were calls for change from the fans, key players of the club, and most importantly the biggest player in the club’s history Messi.
The former President Josep Maria Bartomeu left a huge task for the new President to surmount, among them is huge financial debt, gross mismanagement, a failed sports project of the club, and failure in protecting the club’s identity as a historical institution in transfer dealings.
Healing Mistrust Among Board Of Directors
For Laporta to hit the ground running and to create a sane environment for another successful regime as the Barcelona President, he needs to first heal the deep mistrust among the club’s board of directors. And to some extent the players, for them to trust in his leadership skill and work hand in hand as one great family as we saw in his first coming.
Koeman’s Continuity As Barcelona’s Manager
As a leader who’s got a crucial decision to make, such a leader has to tread with caution. In other words, Joan Laporta in his statement concerning Ronald Koeman’s future :
“We have to respect Koeman who has a contract. He’s a Barcelona great and deserves all our respect, although results and performances count. The current situation requires experience”.
Laporta needs to come to conclusion on whether the Dutchman would continue as the gaffer of the club once he sees out his contract or he would be replaced with another manager.
Although since the exit of former Real Betis manager Quique Setien, the Dutchman has been able to steady the ship from sinking further even though he couldn’t conjure enough magic to help the Catalan giants go past Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League, they’re still very much in the race for the LaLiga title.
Aside from been dumped out of the Champions League, Koeman has since done quite a remarkable job with the Barcelona team, despite taking up a somewhat fragmented squad.
Should Barcelona finish second or third in LaLiga and go on to win the Copa del Rey final which would be their record 31st cup title, then it could be said to some extent that Koeman has achieved success with a squad that looked derailed of hunger to win under Setien.
Messi’s Contract Renewal
It’s no longer news that Messi is on the brink of leaving Camp Nou once his contract run-out in June, having spent his entire football career with the Catalan giant. With Laporta on board, especially a President who is known for his on and off-field achievements, the Argentine might call off his decision and stay back at Barcelona should Laporta tick all the necessary boxes that would make the team captain stay.
Considering the financial challenges Joan Laporta has to sort out, and bearing in mind the astronomical amount of money involved in Messi’s contract, it would be quite difficult to offer the 6 time Ballon d’Or winner such a juicy contract especially when the club is financially handicapped.
However, it would be interesting to see what kind of deal Laporta would offer Messi, not forgetting that other notable teams in Europe are also lurking around to sign the Argentine should he opt to leave Barcelona for a new environment and a new challenge away from the four walls of Nou Camp.
On the other hand, if there is any person that could convince Messi to stay is no other than Laporta, based on the illustrious past and pre-existing relationship with the captain. The new president certainly has what it takes to convince Messi to achieve yet another success.
Solving The Club’s Financial Debt
In Barcelona’s 122-year-old history as an institution, they’ve never been faced with a financial crisis like the one they’re currently in. Under the leadership of former President, the Blaugrana entered into a staggering debt of €1.173billion with over 700million of the debt in the short term.
With Laporta appointed as the new President, he’s expected to solve the debt of the club and put an end to the global disgrace the former administration caused the club through financial mismanagement.
How Laporta would achieve this great challenge would be quite a task, but then his years of experience as a former president would be of great advantage.
Joan Laporta once said he believes that he could reverse the situation by increasing sponsorship revenues and raising over €200millon from commercial rights sales. He also mentioned that he has options like the Barcelona Digital Hub, improving the Barcelona Studios Platforms which could bring in more cash, with all of these in mind then Laporta needs to swing into action as soon as possible.
Recruitment Of Quality Players & Investing In La Masia
With the 2020-21 football season already coasting home, there is definitely a need for the Blaugrana President to fix the on-field sporting issue affecting the team. Laporta, without doubt, would be faced with tough decisions with regards to off-loading some certain players to cut cost, but then on the other hand it is necessary in order to raise funds for new players
With four to five players needed to beef up the strength of the team and to also help Barcelona bring back the Champions League title that has eluded them since 2015. The good news is the imminent arrival of Eric Garcia from Manchester City that could prove valuable for the team in solving their somewhat defensive woe.
Another area that also needs swift attention is the defensive face of the midfield, where the aging Sergio Busquets plays, although the lack of immediate funds to initiate all of these transfers is no doubt a massive issue for Laporta.
However, for the team to compete in LaLiga and Europe as the Barcelona of old, hence the President really needs to tick all boxes in making sure they recruit quality players.
Since the exit of Luis Suarez in an acrimonious manner, the Blaugrana haven’t really experienced a brilliant in and out striker who could deliver the goals. As such there’s a need for real replacement for the striking position of the team, in order to take off the burden of relying on Messi to bail them out in difficult moments.
One name that certainly comes to mind in fixing that striking position is Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland, but then Barca should be battle-ready for financial power from top elite clubs in Europe such as Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester City.
However, with Laporta’s cordial relationship with the Norwegian agent, then Barcelona surely has a chance of bringing him to the Nou Camp to spearhead the second era of Laporta.
Signing ready-made stars shouldn’t be the main focus of the new administrator under Laporta’s watch, it’s also very important that he invest in the club’s talents producing academy “La Masia”.
Over the years La Masia is known as the famous conveyor belt that served up generations of supremely talented youngsters who have carved out and turn world-class with impressive careers in the game.
La Masia’s graduates are steeped in the culture of the club and the idea is to develop a sort of familial bond from the lowest age group right up to the senior team. But in recent times the academy seems not to be interested in producing talents anymore except for a few. More attention needs to be paid to the academy that has the capability of producing quality players for the club.
Should Laporta be able to tick all of these boxes in his second coming, then Barcelona are in for a brilliant time under his leadership once again.