That word has frequented Barcelona all season. Their capitulation against the Italian side in last season’s Victors Alliance quarter-last second leg, in the wake of winning the opener by three objectives at the Nou Camp, cast a dim shadow which has never been dispersed.
This time around, with another three-objective edge tucked under their belts, definitely Barca would make a beeline for Anfield with the correct exercises scholarly, prepared to guarantee they stayed away from another implosion … wouldn’t they?
No, they would not. Furthermore, the outcomes of their awfulness appear at Anfield – regardless of how well Liverpool clearly played in a 4-0 win that put the English side into the last 4-3 on total – will be profound and broad.
The quick response from the never-purposely downplayed Spanish press has been typically (and genuinely) fierce, with Mundo Deportivo marking it a “catastrophe”, AS portraying it as a “disaster” and Marca going for “notable disappointment”.
The investigation will be scorching and callous, and one man specifically will be pinpointed…
In spite of driving his group to a household twofold in his first season in control and effectively winning another La Liga title this year, Barca director Ernesto Valverde has attempted to order the fondness of the group’s supporters.
That is to a great extent a result of the breakdown against Roma yet in addition in light of the fact that numerous fans trust he doesn’t cling to the ownership amusement which is profoundly permeated inside the club’s ‘DNA’, to utilize the similarity by and large utilized in Spanish football examination.
Valverde has, according to many, strayed a long way from the group’s noble standards by managing an efficient yet dull group, sufficiently skillful yet thoroughly depending on one man – Lionel Messi – for assaulting motivation.
Paradise restricts, he has even veered far from the consecrated 4-3-3 development and normally utilized a modern style 4-4-2.
Charges that Valverde is a mindful and traditionalist mentor, and accordingly unsuited to the undertaking of driving Barcelona, will come thick and quick in the wake of this breakdown, in which his group neglected to score far from home in the Victors Class for the fifth time in the two periods of his residency.
It is reasonable for propose his course of action at Anfield looked unintelligible, with the group’s vulnerability coming from their evident disarray about whether they were planning to take the amusement to Liverpool and search for more objectives or sit back, guard and strike on the break. As an outcome, they did not one or the other.
The doubt that Barca was not rationally adjusted for the event was featured by their individual mistakes, from Jordi Alba’s unpleasant back header to set up the opening objective to the aggregate mind solidify which permitted the tie-champ from an immediately taken corner.
Significantly, Valverde was unfit to coax any response as the diversion unfurled, particularly amid that brilliant time of rest for mentors: the half-time interim. Rather than utilizing those 15 minutes to get his group revamped and re-persuaded, Valverde saw his players make a terrible begin to the second half, yielding two objectives in 10 minutes.
In that sort of situation, definitely one man winds up bearing the obligation, and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has just remarked: “The board will make a significant reflection over what has occurred here.”
The result of those reflections will most likely be awful news for Valverde – except if he bounces before he is pushed.