FC Barcelona’s President, Joan Laporta, admires the German training school, nominating German coaches for next season after Xavi Hernandez departs. Hansi Flick, ex-Bayern Munich coach who won six trophies in one season, and led the German National Team, is a top candidate. Flick enjoys strong support from Laporta, with reports of his keenness to lead Barcelona next season. But should FC Barcelona continue its current strategy, or is a complete overhaul needed?
With Flick, Barcelona’s strategy won’t change, as he’ll demand specific players and staff. However, Barcelona’s impatience is counterproductive given its current state. The club needs patience, foregoing significant spending or trophy-related penalties for two to three seasons. Without patience, Barcelona’s financial recovery is impossible, with yearly spending and meticulous planning proving futile.
Patience will enable Barcelona to compete again with a healthier economy. Thus avoiding desperate measures that risk becoming a public company or selling portion of the club. Meanwhile, Real Madrid, under Florentino Pérez, thrives economically and sportingly. Furthermore, nearing a deal with Kylian Mbappe, they could become unbeatable in La Liga. Barca, in its current state, can hardly compete with Real Madrid. Instead of short-term fixes by selling assets, Barcelona should plan a hiatus, aiming for a strong comeback. This approach prioritizes a promising future over a grim present and uncertain future, offering a fresh start after years of strain on the club and its fans.
Proceed with what we have
El Blaugrana already has talented youngsters like Pedri, Gavi, Lamine Yamal, and Fermin López, along with newcomer Vitor Roque. The newly promoted Pau Cubarsi joins them too, alongside Araujo and Kounde, who are expected to recover despite experiencing a slump.
With these young talents, some already seasoned, Barcelona can compete, especially in local competitions. Consider Rodrigo and Vinicius Junior’s early days at Real Madrid, where they started as novices around whom a team was gradually built. Now, they are among the world’s best, having brought the Champions League title to Madrid with their mature decision-making.
Barcelona can replicate this success by being patient with their project and players, allowing them to grow and learn on the field. Given time, Barcelona’s youngsters, like Yamal and Roque, could become world-class within two or three seasons. Why not support our current squad for the next three seasons without additional spending or desperate attempts to salvage the season? Barcelona must eventually address the financial mismanagement of Bartomeu’s era without resorting to further spending. The club should focus on stabilizing financially and athletically by lowering expectations and pressures for a few seasons. Trying to control the financial situation and compete for all the trophies at the same time is impossible.
The ideal solution is to spend two or three years relying on young people and bringing in a coach known for his ability to develop young players. The team can save the season without financial chaos by competing in La Liga with the players it has and filling some of the gaps in the team by resorting to La Masia. By taking a step like this, the club will return to its normal state, on the economic and sporting levels, and will be able to “really” compete for all major tournaments again.
Sports Journalists – La Liga specialist, Specifically about FC Barcelona