The reasons behind the downfall of Barcelona this season
Real Madrid’s victory against RCD Espanyol has put the Los Blancos two points clear from Barcelona after Casemiro slotted home the only goal of the game due to an exquisite backheel pass from Karim Benzema. Zinedine Zidane‘s men currently lead the table and given their current fine form, it seems like the remaining six matches in the La Liga Santander would be a piece of cake for Real.
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Meanwhile, the Catalans still seem to be rusty after failing to win at the Bailados once again since 2015. Quique Setien and his men now prepare to take on Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in what could be a crucial match for Barca to remain in the title race. If the Blaugrana drop points against Diego Simeone‘s men at home then the title is all for Real Madrid to lift their 34th Spanish top-flight division league title.
Although Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien may be held responsible as the club might go trophyless this season, however, the actual downfall of the club is beyond the tactical decisions and player performances. It is actually deeply vested in the unethical politics and nepotism that prevails at the club.
Griezmann’s stint this season is the sign of nepotism at Barca
Antoine Griezmann was signed in the summer of 2019 as the marquee signing for the club after his 120 million euro release clause was successfully triggered. However, the 2018 World Cup winner and Balon D’or contender’s career at the Camp Nou has turned into a nightmare as he now battles for a starting spot ahead of Martin Braithwaite and Luis Suarez, according to Eldes marque.
The signing of the former Atletico Madrid player was an unexpected signing the dressing room at the Camp Nou since the players were expecting the arrival of Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, especially Lionel Messi.
Griezmann was expected to be the main striker of the club ahead of Luis Suarez, however, despite the former Liverpool man sustaining a career-ending injury and then successfully making his way back into the team, the French forward has still not been given the opportunity he deserves.
On several occasions, the former Real Sociedad forward has been ignored on the pitch and especially by Lionel Messi who decided to not pass the ball to Griezmann on numerous goal-scoring chances against Leganes.
Lionel Messi and the rest of the teammates at Barca might not be happy with the signing of Antoine Griezmann but that does not give the players and the coaching staff the authority to mistreat the talismanic forward by limiting his game time severely.
If Barcelona hopes to bounce back next season and seriously contend for all competitions, then the nepotism and the politics at the club must stop, or else the same issues will prevail. The dictatorship shown by certain players in the dressing room must all be put to an end since it has a negative impact on new signings and young players.
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