FC Barcelona The dressing room cheers in the face of adversity and that is reflected on the field
Mbeyond the system or having recovered the intensity in the pressure, the Barcelona from Koeman has a characteristic that is beginning to become its hallmark: the union of the wardrobe. It has become evident in the last matches, where the team has been pushed to the limit … and far from breaking, it has become strong.
Nothing like an external enemy to get unity at home. The Barça dressing room knows that it is alone in the face of danger. In a headless club, without a president, with a crisis econmica galloping and with part of the public opinion against, the players have chosen to become strong as a group.
The arrival of young people to the staff, new faces and people with renewed illusions has served to purify the atmosphere of a changing room that has just finished addict last year.
It has also had a lot to do with this Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman is one of the greatest legends in the history of the Barça club. That has allowed him to enter the booth with an aura, an authority that his later predecessors did not have. Besides, he’s not the type to let them get on his beard. Tintn he knows how to handle the stars because, basically, he was one of them when he was a footballer.
However, what has ended up spurring the Bara players has been the publication of the details of Messi’s contract by The world. It has not been interpreted as just any attack, but as an attempt to destabilize the team and its captain.
That moment has marked a before and after in the team. Just watch the latest goal celebrations. So many that have been used to overcome games that were lost. They all form a pia. Until Ousmane Dembl, who had always seemed to go it alone, is fully integrated into the team.
What to say about Messi, which has everyone in suspense with his probable outing in summer. Having a good atmosphere in the team can help tip the balance in favor of renewing, when in doubt.
Whatever happens, even if Barcelona are left without winning a title this season, it seems clear that Koeman is laying the foundations for tomorrow’s Bara. Remember that first season of Rijkaard, in which he laid the foundations for a team that the culs fell in love with. The group is already there, now it remains to be seen if they will let the coach continue with them when this season ends … and if their most determined footballer ends up staying.