I started watching football in the golden era of Brazilian football
Initially, I would watch any and all matches I could and picked my favorites in them.. be it EPL (Manchester United), Bundesliga (Bayern), Ligue 1 (PSG), Seria A (AC milan) or International (no doubt, Brazil).. but then it all changed when I decided to pledge my allegiance and invest in Spanish football - La Liga and chose Barcelona as my 'home' team.
Years down the road, as any fan would I have screamed when Barça won the gold, got teary when Iniesta left the club and got angry anytime anyone would tackle Messi.
The reason, I am telling you these things is to make you understand how much I and many of my friends have invested in the team and how devastated we were after the loss.
Right now, the club is in a bad place.. We lost 8-2 to Bayern in the quarter finals, who went on to win the championship.
Its important to highlight here, that how important Coutinho was in the match, who originally is a Barca player on loan to Bayern. He scored two goals and did an assist. It shows how much it can hurt an organization if you don't value your good resources and let them go.
We hadn't won the Champions league in 5 years and it got to a point where Pique commented that the club has hit 'rock bottom' after the loss. This is for a team which used to complete trebles (winning 3 championships in an year) for fun.
The loss to Bayern was our worst in last 80 years.
But I know that, falling down is part of riding the wave to the top.. and just like any other organization, its time for restructuring. The manager Setien has been sacked, Messi- our star player might leave, New players like Trincao and others are coming in and the management might change too.. There are so many things which are uncertain right now.
..but its all for the club. For the brand. For the people.. and finally, for the love of the game.
Legends fall and new ones are made but all things takes time. It will need a lot of hardwork from the players and support staff to rebuild the legacy.. but isn't that the only way?
When you hit rock bottom, the only way is up.
Gives me hope that Barca will return to glory soon.
(Note- I do watch Indian football and support Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC)
Sajit NairCommunity Leader
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