Numerous soccer fans and savants who anticipated that Lionel Messi will be heavily missed after the top scorer left for PSG, are beating the chest saying “we saw it coming.
Indeed, Messi was by all account not the only player who ‘raised the bar’ of expectations for Barcelona, but his impact in the team was incomprehensible.
Sadly, the team is perhaps missing his presence, especially when Barcelona was recently beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich at their own home grounds Camp Nou.
This was a Champions League game, and one would have believed that the ‘All-powerful’ Barcelona might have basically scored a consolation to conciliate their fans, but it was difficult. Barcelona fizzled to enlist a single shot on target in their first Champions League match.
Bayern Munich outmatched the Spanish heroes in all perspectives, making the team quite weak. Had it not been for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bayern might well have drawn near to last year’s pounding scoreline.
Having slid in a frantic endeavor to keep Lewandowski from scoring his second from getting the match, pictures of Gerard Pique, key to many of Barcelona’s greatest triumphs, watching on helpless from the floor as the Polish forward fired home served as a painful encapsulation of the club’s current state.
Pique has remained at the Camp Nou in spite of the takeoffs of central members like Neymar and Luís Suárez as of late, also Antoine Griezmann and Messi this mid year, and following the game the centerback was sincere in his appraisal of Barcelona’s new challenges.
Some pundits and even players have additionally pinned the wretched performance of the players to injuries in the team. Yet, there is potential for the future, particularly when there are strong young players like Ansu Fati, Alejandro Martínez and co. in the team.
These youthful chaps can contend incredibly and Barcelona will just have to put resources into them, since they are the fate of the club.
Despite the fact that Barcelona may not be the top choices now, the team actually has that huge global standing to bob back as the best team as usual.
Meanwhile, Messi is set to leave on a Champions League campaign without Barcelona for the first-time in his career as Paris Saint-Germain face Club Brugge in Belgium tonight.
A four-time winner with Barcelona, Messi will hope to direct PSG to European magnificence, the trophy at this point escaping the French giants regardless of tremendous financial investment.