FC Barcelona players frustrated after new loss of points in title fight | NOW

FC Barcelona players on Saturday did not do their best to hide their frustrations after the 2-2 draw against Celta de Vigo. The team of trainer Quique Setién was again damaged in the title race with Real Madrid.

Of the last eight away games, Barcelona managed to win only two. “You just have to ask the trainers why we play so difficult,” murmured Luis Suárez. “That’s their job.”

Suárez made his first two hits in Vigo since he underwent knee surgery in January. But Barcelona twice gave away a lead and that ruined the mood of the Uruguayan.

“This was a crucial game in the title race and we played well before half time. But in the second half it was very different. I am here with a feeling of frustration and sadness.”

Gerard Piqué cries out in anger. (Photo: Getty Images)

Piqué out of frustration on Twitter

Defender Gerard Piqué used Twitter to express his frustration. He wrote “We were fated to pretend. To pretend“(We were destined to pretend. Pretend, ed.), A song by the American band MGMT.

With that, Piqué seemed to be targeting Rafinha, who is rented out to Celta by Barcelona. From the free kick after a foul by Piqué on the Brazilian, Celta scored the 2-2 shortly before time.

Suárez hopes for a quick solution

Despite the loss of points, Barcelona is at least 24 hours in the lead. Real Madrid can come alongside on Sunday evening, if it does not lose on a visit to last stop Espanyol.

“We had everything under control two weeks ago and now we have to wait for a mistake by Real Madrid. That makes me very angry,” said Suárez.

“In previous seasons we didn’t lose that many points in away games. A solution has to be found quickly, because heavy matches are coming soon.”

With that, Suárez referred to the home game against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday and the game against Villarreal next Sunday.

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FC Barcelona players frustrated after new loss of points in title fight | NOW

FC Barcelona players on Saturday did not do their best to hide their frustrations after the 2-2 draw against Celta de Vigo. The team of trainer Quique Setién was again damaged in the title race with Real Madrid.

Of the last eight away games, Barcelona managed to win only two. “You just have to ask the trainers why we play so difficult,” murmured Luis Suárez. “That’s their job.”

Suárez made his first two hits in Vigo since he underwent knee surgery in January. But Barcelona twice gave away a lead and that ruined the mood of the Uruguayan.

“This was a crucial game in the title race and we played well before half time. But in the second half it was very different. I am here with a feeling of frustration and sadness.”

Gerard Piqué cries out in anger. (Photo: Getty Images)

Piqué out of frustration on Twitter

Defender Gerard Piqué used Twitter to express his frustration. He wrote “We were fated to pretend. To pretend“(We were destined to pretend. Pretend, ed.), A song by the American band MGMT.

With that, Piqué seemed to be targeting Rafinha, who is rented out to Celta by Barcelona. From the free kick after a foul by Piqué on the Brazilian, Celta scored the 2-2 shortly before time.

Suárez hopes for a quick solution

Despite the loss of points, Barcelona is at least 24 hours in the lead. Real Madrid can come alongside on Sunday evening, if it does not lose on a visit to last stop Espanyol.

“We had everything under control two weeks ago and now we have to wait for a mistake by Real Madrid. That makes me very angry,” said Suárez.

“In previous seasons we didn’t lose that many points in away games. A solution has to be found quickly, because heavy matches are coming soon.”

With that, Suárez referred to the home game against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday and the game against Villarreal next Sunday.

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Behind the mirror, the intrahistory of the documentary by Andrés Iniesta

Everyone spoke directly to Andrés, even if he was thousands and thousands of kilometers away. They spoke to him through a mirror. It was not very big. But that mirror in front of them, which they constantly looked at, served as a connecting thread.

It was as if the cameras, in the hands of Alejandro Garcia and Albert Eritja, wisely led by Oriol Bosch, the first director of the documentary, did not exist. Only that pampered and protected mirror, which flew around the world, turned into the great treasure of four madmen and, at the same time, ordered months of final work to surprise the co-director of the work, himself Andres Iniesta.

A work built with patience iniestana. In other words, years and years of handling the idea. It is not an exaggeration. Since 2012, when he decided to start the book The play of my life, written with Ramon Besa, which ended up appearing in September 2016.

That old project was activated, now, with his march to Japan, the second vital trip that the former Barca captain undertook. The first was from Fuentealbilla to La Masia (1996); the second, from Camp Nou to Kobe (2018).

Year and a half of work

A year, therefore, to outline the documentary, inspired by Andrés and later promoted by Joel Borràs, the founder of Sports & Life, the company that represents him, and endorsed the project by Rakuten One year on paper and four more months to discover the facet of Producer Andrés making work a little easier for the terribly efficient Miriam Botí and Marta Vilarrasa.

When something got stuck due to logical agenda issues -all the filming was done in full competition when soccer lived in normality, oblivious to the danger that was coming upon it-, he would pick up his mobile and send messages to former teammates.

So, impossible doors opened instantly like “Harry Potter with a wand” as he defined it Luis Enrique in the documentary. Unreachable walls were transformed into peaceful trails. And endless and cumbersome filters were instantly unraveled.

Sometimes that help was not necessary. Just mentioning their name and entire clubs, such as Espanyol, Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus, Paris SG, Hercules, Burgos, Albacete and Vissel Kobe for example, generously delivered everything they had. At Barça, none of this was necessary.

It was his house and it was wide open to parade everyone complicitly in front of that mirror. Since Valverde, he was still a coach, Messi. Since Pique to Suarez, whom he welcomed next to him in the locker room when he came treated like a criminal after the bite to Chiellini in the World Cup in Brazil-2014.

Close to the “abyss”

In the selection, more of the same. Of Ramos to towers, from the Madrid captain and symbol to the Child who is an Atlético legend, passing by Vicente del Bosque, the coach who waited for him when he lived the darkest and darkest year of his sports career. The year in which he scored the goal of Stamford Bridge and fell into the “abyss”, as he confesses Mari, his mother. And nods in anguish Jose Antonio, his father.

And accurately certifies Inma Puig, his psychologist, who appears for the first time in public to tell what the patient Andrés. Mari had never been out before either. Discreet and shy as she always is, she wanted to avoid the visit in front of the mirror.

It took a train trip from Barcelona to Valencia plus a Valencia-Fuentealbilla taxi, with a taxi driver from the town, to break that distrust with the camera. But she ended up sitting in the same chair discovering to her son things that not even he knew. Nor, of course, had he ever heard of his own mother. Not everything is always said. And if it is bad, even less. Why make children suffer!

“I don’t know what to do. This is the first time this has happened to me. You are the one who knows. What interests us is the Andrés person, not the player” (Guardiola to Inma Puig, psychologist)

Those moments have all suffered in silence. At home, much more. In the field, they didn’t even know it yet. “We did not realize the magnitude of the situation that Andrés lived in,” he confessed. PiqueStill reproaching himself that “we could have helped him more”.

But no one entered that torment. “I don’t know what to do. This is the first time this has happened to me,” he said. Pep Guardiola to Inma Puig. “You are the one who knows. What interests us is the Andrés person, not the player,” the then-Barça coach told the psychologist, who did not undertake this complex task of reconstruction alone.

Black months

“I don’t say it because I want to be an example of anything. No, no. I say it because it happened to me and a lot of people do,” Andrés explains, not knowing that Anna, his wife, relates in front of the mirror those black months in which she was holding him as then he was holding her when they lost the child they were expecting.

“We are made for each other because we understand each other very well, with just looking at us we already know what we think” (Anna Ortiz, Andrés’s wife)

“We are made for each other because we understand each other very well, just by looking at each other we already know what we think,” he explains after starring in a courtship at two speeds. “For me, it was a crush instantly, it cost her a little more,” Andrés remembers looking at the mirror.

But Anna, along with the whole family (Maribel, her sister, Juanmi, her brother-in-law) worked as valuable and silent pillars to support a person whose greatest drama was that she did not find herself. “Yes, I have been surprised by many things they have said. I had not heard them before,” admits Andrés, still amazed at knowing new things about his life. Or how those around her have lived it. Not everything is in Google. There is always something new that, in the end, does end up in Google.

Two Iniestas

There were then two Iniesta: the one who saw people, famous player, who had everything, forced to project that image outside of indestructible winner. And then there was the real one, the real one. The inner Iniesta, the one who shut himself up at home, slept with his mother or was lying on the sofa, as revealed Sesi, one of his friends, unwilling to do anything.

He even believed that he had forgotten to play soccer. Buffon, Another of soccer’s myths, he opened the home of the Vechia Signora to sit in front of the mirror and tell Andrés things. United both, although invisible. Gianluigi overcame a depression and then won the 2006 World Cup; Andrés overcame a depression and won the 2010 World Cup.

More than 50 characters

Juventus, like Chelsea (“my hand stayed 18 millimeters from the ball”, he confessed Petr Cech, the Czech goalkeeper, the first time he spoke of the Iniestazo more than a decade later), it arrived without the need for producer Andrés to activate his magical WhatsApp.

And Stamford Bridge, one of his four favorite temples, made himself available to him. He was not there, but it seemed that this shot was reproduced in the imposing silence caused by any empty stadium. That shot caused such an impact that it increased the birth rate in Catalonia after May 2009. The other three are the Fuentealbilla track, the Camp Nou and the Soccer City of Johannesburg.

In record time, more than 50 people sat behind that mirror knowing that they were actually looking into the eyes of a person who was watching them from Kobe. Distance was no problem. Not even the time difference with Japan.

Kobe, Fuentealbilla, London, Manchester, Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Paris, Turin, Amsterdam, Qatar … a life of film in 86 minutes

The script is signed by Pep Bras, Laia Miranda and Raül Llimós and the impeccable sound (we discovered that there are annoying chairs that make noise) belongs to Gerard Tàrrega. But everything, in the end, was in the hands of Oriol and Andrés, who only needed to sneak into the post-production room to help in those delicate hands of the editors Jordi Arañó and Óscar Hernando, who left their eyelashes after cutting hours and hours of recordings in just 86 minutes.

He did not physically enter that tiny room in El Barrio, but he was present, through constant messages with Oriol, while Itziar Larisgoitia, postproduction coordinator, knitted alongside David Lopez and Iñaki Sanz that job. And the look was the work of the director and Jordi Bransuela, the colorist, with Alex Vilches, assuming the audio postpo. All playing to complete a movie that talks about life more than football.

Although Andrés was the producer and coordinator from Kobe, contacting his friends so that they were always punctual, as he likes so much. And on Thursday, through the Rakuten TV platform, the first joint work signed by Andrés and Oriol will be seen: Andrés Iniesta, the unexpected hero, made by Producciones del Barrio de Jordi Évole and Ramon Lara.

Or how life is told by dialoguing with a mirror. There are only two people who appear briefly in the documentary, but without sitting down. “For Andrés, whatever it takes,” said Dani’s father. “Will you see him soon? If you see him, give him a very big hug, we love him very much,” she said. She was the mother of Dani Jarque. Instantly, he knew it. And cried.

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Power struggle at FC Barcelona with President Josep Maria Bartomeu

SEven Lionel Messi found the developments strange. Your own agency that attacked Barça legends like Messi, Gerard Pique, Xavi or Pep Guardiola on social media just to strengthen the image of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu? The so-called “Barçagate” had recently caused a lot of unrest at FC Barcelona – now the signs are thickening, six club directors resigned noisily from their positions and made serious allegations.



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In an open letter, which appeared in the newspaper “La Vanguardia” on Good Friday, the two vice presidents Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas as well as Silvio Elias, Maria Teixidor, Josep Pont and Jordi Clasamiglia called for an early election and complaints about defects in the processing of the “Barçagate “.

The increasingly controversial Bartomeu, who has to step down as club boss after two terms of office in 2021, is said to have paid the company “I3 Ventura” a million euros for targeted defamation in order to strengthen him and the club’s leadership in public. The Spanish newspaper “Sport” wrote of a “civil war” and called the Barçagate a “time bomb”.

The first details came to light in February, Bartomeu terminated the contract with “I3 Ventura” and emphasized that the company had only monitored social media posts. Independent auditors started an internal investigation that is ongoing. According to “Sport”, Barça paid 980,000 euros for the services to the Uruguay-based company instead of the usual 120,000 to 150,000 euros. In addition, the invoices are said to have been divided into five tranches so as not to attract the attention of the control authorities.

“When the auditors tell us that the cost of these services is € 100,000 and we paid a million, it means someone put their hand in the till. I have no evidence and I cannot say who, ”Rousaud told RAC1 radio.

The departure of the Vice President came as a particular surprise, and was actually said to have a good relationship with Bartomeu. Barça vehemently rejected the allegations made in the letter and announced that legal action would be taken against Rousaud. “The criminal measure serves to defend the honor of the association and its employees,” it said in the message published on Monday evening after a board meeting.

In a statement, President Bartomeu’s board “categorically denied any action that could be described as corruption, and has agreed to initiate the appropriate criminal prosecution. FC Barcelona can not tolerate allegations that seriously damage the image of the institution, “it said.

In his statement, the sextet also referred to dissonances in the club’s handling of the corona crisis. The tough negotiations with the professionals for a waiver of salary had caused a lot of waves, and the superstars around Captain Messi felt that the club management put them in a bad light. Rousaud had revealed discrepancies in the management of Barça last Wednesday at the radio station Cadena Ser: “Bartomeu called me and said he wanted to change the management because he distrusts some of the directors, including me.”

Now the board members came before him. Bartomeu’s position still seems to be consolidated in the club’s “Game of Thrones”, as one employee described the processes behind the scenes at ESPN. The remaining 13 directors apparently strengthened the president’s back, there would be no further resignations. With this, Bartomeu should sit firmly in the saddle for his final 14 months as president of the Blaugrana – despite all skirmishes.

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Messi Club FC Barcelona trouble: six directors out

FFootball clubs prove every summer break that they don’t need games to make the headlines. This is no different in the crisis surrounding the corona virus. So FC Barcelona is currently blazing. In the dispute between board members among each other and between board and players, the chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu tried to relieve the pressure and deprived four board members of the competencies. Now six members have resigned from the body. They say three more are planning the same move.



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Things never went really well under Bartomeu near Barça. He was vice president when club manager Sandro Rosell resigned in January 2014. In summer 2015, after the impressive triumph of the Champions League, championship and royal cup, Bartomeu was confirmed as chairman. The term of office expires next year. The fact that she was never free of anger is surprising when you look at the sporting record: there are four championships, four wins in the Royal Cup, one title each in the Champions League, in the Super Cup of the UEFA and in the Club World Cup. Also in the currently interrupted football season, the Catalans lead the league by two points ahead of Real Madrid and would have good cards for a move into the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw in Napoli in the Champions League. And yet the quarrels never ended.

Bartomeu never had a happy hand in the selection of staff. After just one year as president, he dismissed Andoni Zubizarreta, who had been sporting director for many years. The goalkeeper legend is considered the real architect of sporting success. One of his last official acts was the signing of the contract with Marc-André ter Stegen. For Zubizarreta came Éric Abidal, former center-back in the service of FC Barcelona. He found no substitute for the players who left the club and is said to get along extremely badly with the team. Abidal had accused the players of not working enough and provoking the dismissal of coach Ernesto Valverde in February. Lionel Messi fought back accordingly.

There were similar communication problems prior to the club’s agreement with the players on wage cuts in the face of the Corona crisis. The players waive 70 percent of their earnings and will also pay two percent into a crisis fund intended for the club’s employees. Captain Messi announced this again via social networks and at the same time complained about reports launched to the public that the team was fighting salary cuts.

The biggest resentment at Barça was the commissioning of a company that specializes in online marketing. It is said to have agitated on social networks against players who are not on Bartomeus’ side, such as Messi, Xavi Hernández or Gerard Piqué. Piqué, for example, was accused of immoral business for organizing the Davis Cup in Madrid, Spain, as the sports manager. Spanish media already spoke of “Barçagate”.

The club is said to have paid 900,000 euros for the campaign; The transfers have been divided into several amounts of less than 200,000 euros, so that they do not have to be approved by the association’s award committee. This commission included, among others, the previous Vice-Chief Emili Rousaud, who has now resigned after Bartomeu had taken his office away. Rousaud had recently made serious allegations.

A journalist from the Catalan regional radio RAC1 asked him if someone had reached the till at Barça. “Honestly, I think so,” said Rousaud, adding: “Who? I don’t know. ”The club had hired an accounting firm to clear up“ Barçagate ”, and work is nearing completion. However, an internal committee should review this report before publication. So far, alongside Bartomeu, he also had his two vice presidents, who were now shot. With the new composition on the board, the club boss would now have more influence on the final report.

The resignations are more than an image problem for Bartomeu. If more than two thirds resign or fewer than five people remain on the board, this would be dissolved according to the association’s statutes. Then Bartomeu would have to start a new election, which he has been resisting for weeks. But 13 board members still remain loyal to him. This would keep him in office until summer next year despite all the quarrels.

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Piqué and Ramos “ask to be together” against the coronavirus

Sergio Ramos Y Gerard Piqué, captains of Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​respectively, ask to “be together at the moment” within the FIFA campaign launched on the occasion of the UN International Day for Sport for Development and PEACE. “As you know, we have to be together right now,” both say in the campaign video, which calls for being active at home and invites you to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to exercise daily, also in these days of confinement due to the COVID-29 pandemic.

“We must keep our distance but not lose our focus. We see our differences, but if we stay together we are stronger. Stay positive, stay strong. Come on!” asks the captain of the Spanish team and Real Madrid.

In the video broadcast by FIFA Pique He assures that “active means doing your part every day” and invites “in this way” to train according to the WHO recommendations with strength and balance exercises, jumping rope, dancing, following online activities or active video games. “Be active today,” claims the Barça captain.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Liverpool and Manchester United are part of the clubs that have joined the FIFA initiative in which they ask their fans to forget their rivalry and join the “Be Active” initiative to defeat the coronavirus.

FIFA has joined the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and the UN PÇAZ to support the campaign #BeActive and #HealthyAtHome that “encourages people to stay home and take care, today and every day, at a time when the world is united in the fight against COVID-19 “.

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Santander League: Piqu asks for a 45% salary reduction to the players of his Andorra | LaLiga Santander 2019

His club of Segunda B, like many of the category, makes an adjustment plan before the hole of losses for the season break.


Piqu, wearing the FC Andorra shirt.

He has a jobGerard Piquthese days of confinement. In addition to keeping the form at home, he has led the pulse of Barcelona’s locker room with the board, resolved with a reduction in player salaries of 70% while the break for the pandemic lasts. In addition, its business holding company lives these days, like the rest of the market, in a permanent crisis cabinet. While theDavis cup, the jewel of his sports projects, seems safe for now in the calendar -although very threatened by the readjustment of the tournaments in autumn-, other branches of his business tremble because of the unusual coronavirus crisis.

HeFC Andorra, the Segunda B club that it bought in late 2018 through its investment group Kosmos, is experiencing serious difficulties. The suspension of the league, with the closing of ticket offices, static advertising and sponsors that this supposes, has many modest football teams with the anguish of the greats or even more. The Principality club is not an exception, despite the financial muscle of its property. In Group 3 of the category, where he competes, most of his rivals are filing temporary employment regulation records, the unfortunately now famous Ertes. The difference of Andorra is that this figure of labor aid does not exist in the small Pyrenean state.

We have some advantages, but also disadvantages, recognize this newspaperFerrn Vilaseca, the president of a club with a budget of 1.4 million euros, neither too high nor too low, in the Second B average, according to what he points out. These days negotiates a sharp drop in wages with employees and staff. He assures that the response is being very positive and that they will soon close a salary reduction agreement between40 and 50%.

It is the only way to do something similar to the Ertes that the rest of the Spanish teams are doing. We are very proud of the club’s response. Everyone understands the extraordinary and dramatic situation we live in, explains the manager and one of Gerard Piqu’s trusted men in his business adventures.

Cascading ertes

In Group 3 of the Second B, the trickle of cries for help, in the form of economic readjustment plans, has not stopped in recent days. Yesterday the Badalona joined the list where Hrcules, Castelln, Nstic, Cornell, Prat, Olot, Llagostera, the Barcelona subsidiary were already … In First and Second the teams still manage the hope of collecting the pending television rights , provided that it could be played even if it was behind closed doors. However, in the bronze category, the income from retransmission is minimal, coming from the Footters platform – about 25,000 euros, collected through the Federation – and from the regional channel on duty. In the case of Andorra, the Catalan TV3, which has only played one game so far, and is pending to pay the club. Gerard is on top of the club. He understands footballers and thanks them for the effort they are going to make, says the president.

Their calculations of the losses caused by the coronavirus are around40% of the annual budget. Provided, yes, that the competition can be resumed in the coming months, a possibility that he sees remote. Are you talking about canceling Wimbledon, which is at the end of June, and are we going to be able to play here, even if it is behind closed doors, on those same dates? I see it complicated … but hopefully.

Even that compressed and express resolution designed by LaLiga – ending the season playing in the summer – would harm small clubs: If there are two or three games per week, we would have to sleep outside, and that is extra expenses. In addition, that playing behind closed doors derails competition and breaks the dynamics of the teams. Andorra, in the absence of 10 days, is in the middle of the table, nine points from theplayoffsof ascent.

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Barcelona, ​​open in the canal due to the cut in wages: “The players have not been generous”

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The players have not been generous. We expected much more from them “, accuses the directive after the footballers assumed the reduction between reproaches against the leaders and against a Bartomeu who tries to get out unscathed

Leo Messi, captain of Barcelona.

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There is a certain feeling at the end of the journey in Barcelona. That it’s time to get carried away by the tide. Maybe even get drunk. Josep Maria Bartomeu has only one year left as president of the club, so he manages the fires with the sole objective of survival. It happened with the scandal of the accountsfake-whose audit is happily fallow due to the coronavirus crisis-, and now with the turbulent negotiation with the footballers of the first team to cut their salaries. Measure by whichall professional athletes will see their daily salary reduced by 70% (5.75% of the annual record for each month of confinement)from the start of the state of alarm, on March 14, until the return to training. With a difference. The soccer and basketball first team footballers will not go through an ERTE, unlike the rest of the athletes and club employees.

The players of the first soccer team were the last to assume the private agreement after the Palau sections abided by it last weekend. The footballers took the step this Monday through a statement in which they accused the leaders of having pressured them.

The first to spread it was Leo Messi through his Instagram account, once again externalizing the tunnel between the dressing room and the noble area. This is how things work in an entity that had budgeted 1,047 million euros for this season. “It never ceases to amaze us that from within the club there were those who tried to put us under the magnifying glass and tried to add pressure to usto do something that we always knew we would do, “said the note, later reproduced in a chain by the captain’s companions.

In the statement, the footballers also announced thatThe team will make additional contributions (specifically 2% of their daily salary) to ensure that the rest of the non-professional employees affected by the measures receive 100% of their salary.. The Barcelona Workers’ Works Council publicly thanked him.

«Bartomeu has adopted a lukewarm position with the players, and will continue to be conciliatory with them; will make a successful assessment of all this, “said sources of the directive shortly before the Barça president tried to get out unscathed through interventions in the newspapersSportYSports world: “From the first momentwanted to[el recorte]it was something agreed and not imposed, although we could do it by law. It has been achieved as I wanted and not in an imposed way. There was a predisposition from the first day, from minute one, “said Bartomeu.

Part of its board of directors, on the other hand, is upset by how the president andGrascar Grau, CEO of the entity, have negotiated the matter. But, above all, outraged at the attitude of the first team.

“Heroes? Footballers have given no more and no less than what the law would have required. It is as if they say they agree to pay Income Tax and we must thank them for being generous. They have not been. The only gesture they have made is to supplement the salary of the club’s non-sports employees affected by the ordinary ERTE.And that will mean about 300,000 euros a month to divide. We expected much more from them.They do not realize that we have no balance to withstand this collapse. The economic impact on the club is going to be brutal, “proclaims a manager.

According to the calculations made by the Barcelona executives and revealed by Bartomeu, the club will save for each month some14 million eurosof net salary of the first team, to which will be added two million that contribute the cuts in the rest of the sections.

From the board of directors, in any case, they maintain that the conversations with the captains of the first soccer team, with great weight in the talks by videoconference ofSergio Busquets and Gerard PiquéThey were of little use: «We expected them to go beyond that 70% set by law. That they would go the extra mile.

“We are not a club with a great tycoon behind. We are not listed on the Stock Market, nor can we make a capital increase.This crisis is going to be a wild slab. And all that money that we lack we will have to ask the banks», They assure from the cupola.

Barcelona is open to the channel. And Bartomeu, discussed by his managers, but also suspicious for some players who have transferred the center of power to the booth, continues on his way.

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The confinement of the stars of Barça

Locked in their houses, the Barça players have been in the club for more than two weeks. And there are, at least, two more weeks. Waiting with their families, like millions and millions of citizens across the planet, for the terrible coronavirus pandemic to end. Assuming, although they do not say it openly through their communication channels through social networks, that football, as they have understood until now, will change. The Barca? Too. And it will change much more than imaginable.

The president expects the staff to accept the wage cut. While the wardrobe decides, the gestures of solidarity are individual

To begin with, the Barça club was the first to announce an erte (file for temporary company regulation) that affects everyone. Players, all of the sections (basketball, handball, roller hockey and futsal) have already accepted, technicians, executives and non-sports personnel. 70% of the salary reduction. Whether or not there is an agreement with the professional soccer team, the last one to accept the team. And the most important. His salary mass represents 61% of the club.

The call to Bartomeu

Bartomeu he needs, more than ever, the complicity of the players to guarantee Barça’s economic viability. A complicity that has been losing over time. But the president still hopes to receive a call from the four captains (Messi, Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Piqué) to execute the much-needed team.

A call that Juventus already received when ChielliniHis captain made a pact with the sacred cows (Cristiano Ronaldo, among them) to cut his salary for four months and save the club 90 million euros. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund did it before in Germany.

Messi, supportive

The captain donated a million euros for the purchase of medical supplies destined for the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and an Argentine hospital. The star has also participated in numerous social awareness campaigns so that everyone strictly follows the confinement.

Busquets, committed

The 2nd captain has also joined the wave of solidarity by participating in the Nadal and Gasol campaign to raise 11 million for the Red Cross. “My contribution is already on the way and I wanted to thank all the health personnel and all the security forces. Their work is spectacular.”

Sergi Roberto, active

He participated as captain in the various telematic meetings they have had with President Bartomeu to negotiate the impact that Erte will have on the workforce. He had to play the virtual E-Sports League together with the other teammates in the League, but in the end, due to incompatibility of sponsorships with the club, he was unable to play.

Piqué, responsible

“It is a very difficult situation. I think it will cost, we will have difficult times, people close to us who will suffer, others will suffer it in the first person. Between all of us, we must make it through and we are all invincible,” said the fourth captain. , after also joining Nadal and Gasol’s call with the Red Cross.

Luis Suárez, applied

He continues to recover from the serious knee injury he followed at a distance, and at home, of course, the work plan of the physiotherapist JuanjoBrau. He has already donated 500 bags of basic food to Casavalle, a humble neighborhood in Montevideo, with cleaning supplies and disinfectants.

Griezmann, discreet

Homebound like everyone else, he remains absolutely aloof from all comments about his future. The French star has chosen a quiet path, surrounded by his family, without thinking about the possibility that he may not follow the next course at Camp Nou.

Rakitic, ultra-ready

“I have rarely felt as trained as I am now. I am lucky to have a gym at home and my wife is very hooked. What we all have to do is respect ourselves. We all would like to be outside, but we have to understand the situation and do it all together, ”says the Croatian midfielder.

Ter Stegen, hyperactive

He has interacted with his followers by answering all questions via Twitter and then in a chat organized by Barça last Saturday. He was the first to share teleworking with his fans by doing a training session at his home following an online course by Pinto, the Barça exporter.

Jordi Alba, generous

“I am also part of the #cruzrojaresponde campaign started by Nadal and Gasol to contribute my grain of sand. I invite everyone to join. I would like to thank the work of all medical professionals and the security forces and bodies. We must be more united than ever “, stressed the Barca left-back.

Semedo, reserved

His name appears frequently in the possible transfer market of the summer since there are several clubs interested, or were before, on the Portuguese side. It has chosen the path of moderation after the State of Alarm was decreed. His messages on social networks have been few and far between.

Braithwaite, traveler

He lived in a hotel in Barcelona that was closed when confinement was decreed. He returned to Madrid with his wife, who is pregnant. They expect the fourth child. “I have the feeling that I do more than my normal day to day. In fact, I have lost weight since all this started,” said the Danish striker.

Frenkie de Jong, emotional

He recalled that there was a key person to sign for Barça. It was ‘Appie’ Nouri, a former Ajax teammate, who has woken up from coma after almost three years. I sat down with him and then his mother entered. ‘Appie, where should Frenkie go? To Barcelona? She raised her eyebrow, it was something special, “revealed the Barca midfielder.

Quique Setién, reader and cook

“I really miss the green, the adrenaline. Now in the confinement I am reading a solidarity book written by sports journalists in Barcelona,” said the Barcelona coach. “My specialty is the potato omelette. It works great for me. Potatoes. Series? No, I don’t see many. The last one I saw was Game of Thrones.”

Eder Sarabia, student

“I am learning Catalan in an online course that he has signed up for. I also play chess and follow the You series, which I am hooked on,” said Quique Setien’s assistant, who leaves every day at eight in the morning. late, on the balcony of his house to applaud, like thousands of citizens, the work of the toilets.

Pascua Ibarrola, writer

‘Chronicles of a confinement’ is the title of the blog written by JonPasqua Ibarrola, the Barça goalkeeping coach. It had been 10 months since I wrote. “More than 20 centuries later, this pandemic shows us that Lucio Anneo Seneca’s‘ Moral Treaties ’still makes sense,” he says.

Bartomeu, teleworking

In front of a screen is the president of Barça for hours and hours. Be it in a video meeting with the executives of the club, the League, the UEFA … Bartomeu has ordered an “exceptional measure”, an effort to the staff and workers, to maintain the viability of the club in an unusual crisis.

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The intrahistory of ERTE in Barcelona: “It does not matter if the players do not agree. There is nothing to negotiate”

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It happens like in any house. If you enter less and spend the same, you will be ruined. The same thing happens in Barcelona. If you enter less because you do not sell tickets, neither for the parties nor for the Museum, you do not sell T-shirts either, and the sponsors try to pay less, the club is ruined.Bara has given everything to the players. It has supported them. For years they have been the highest paid in Europe. It is they who must help the club now. It is that simple.
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