The loss vs FC Bayern last Wednesday made many fans really sad. And like always, the foreign players get the blame. Frenkie de Jong and Ter Stegen are two of them. According to @fansjavimiguel [as], during the return flight Xavi, Laporta and Yuste analysed in depth the setback against Bayern and the elimination from the UCL. Xavi promised Laporta that next season Barcelona will have the ability to compete against the top clubs. Both the coach and the president agreed that right now Barcelona is not in a position to fight against the best in Europe. The main objective from now on is the rebuilding of the club and the squad to return to being at the top.
One of the conclusions they reached is that since winning the treble in 2015, Barça has deteriorated in an alarming and profound way. Therefore until reaching a situation as extreme as the current one, where measures are needed to be taken urgently. However, Xavi is aware of the club’s economic situation and the financial ‘fair play’. But Laporta promised him that they will make every effort to rebuild this team. They will bring all the necessary reinforcements to return to the elite as soon as possible.
@tjuanmarti adds that Xavi was very angry at his players during the half-time break. He said: “Some of you don’t understand what it means to play for Barça.” At the end of the game there was complete silence in the dressing room. The atmosphere was like a funeral.
@sport added that Xavi and his staff are sure that they can reverse the current situation in few months, with some signings and exits. Xavi knows the economic limitations and hasn’t asked for the impossible, although he considers it essential to reinforce certain positions.
Ter Stegen and De Jong to leave?
@gerardromero [jijantes fc] was the first to say that Marc André ter Stegen, Frenkie De Jong and Sergiño Dest are transferable. Barcelona will consider offers of above €40m for ter Stegen and above €80m for De Jong.
However, today @ffpolo say that Marc-André ter Stegen and Frenkie de Jong are not in danger now. Moreover, Xavi expects them to provide good performances in the second part of this season. However, during the summer, the entire team must pass a test of quality, performance and commitment.
Each footballer will be valued based not only on what he contributes but also on what it costs the club and if his performance is in line with what is invested in him. After 5 months, depending on all players performances, will be that time to take decisions.