Call it crisis, call it #OverreactionSunday, call it what you want; the fact is that Barcelona football is not going through a good period right now. Everything seemed fine when Barça crushed Córdoba in the last game of 2014. Since then, things have gone south. A loss to Real Sociedad, combined with the revelation of deep issues between the club's biggest star, Lionel Messi, and coach Luis Enrique, have created a tough environment for the team.
So a few people decided to take action. First, it was president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who fired former Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta. A few hours later, Carles Puyol resigned as Zubi's assistant after just four months at the job. Enrique is now on the hot seat, being blamed for most of the locker room issues and has his job in jeopardy, something that seemed impossible just two weeks ago.
Now, the players are doing something about it. Diario Sport is reporting that Messi will have a meeting with the rest of the captains (Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets). They want to hear Leo's side of the story and find out why does Messi have such a big problem with Lucho. The captains have already talked to Enrique about the issue.
After hearing from Messi, the group plans to have a meeting between players and Enrique only, to solve the situation and move on from the issue, sources say.
This crisis has resurrected the rumors about a possible Messi departure, with Chelsea being the favorites to land the best player in the world. The rumors got stronger after Leo started following the London club and a few players on Instagram, which somehow means that he's made up his mind and he's going to England just because he's looking at photos from Chelsea people.
If there's one area where Barcelona have not been good at with this issue, it's office politics. The team captains will try to clean up the mess. Maybe it's too late.
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- Carles Puyol Resigns as FC Barcelona's Assistant Sporting Director
- Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta Fired by FC Barcelona President
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