First cracks in Meloni’s coalition within the Italian parliament

First cracks in Meloni’s coalition within the Italian parliament

Caught up by its defensive fragility within the Champions League and in full doubt earlier than a clasico on the high on Sunday, Barcelona fears being transferred to the modest Europa League, like final 12 months.

A end result that might overwhelm its fragile budgetary stability.

Robert Lewandowski, second within the Ballon d’Or 2021 and third high scorer within the historical past of the Champions League, will he need to resign himself to taking part in within the Europa League in January? It will little doubt quickly be a actuality.

After the 3-3 draw conceded Wednesday night time in opposition to Inter Milan, it might take a miracle for Barça to keep away from eviction from the group stage of the Champions League. An elimination as catastrophic as it’s historic: Barça haven’t missed the knockout section of the Champions League twice in a row for the reason that 1998-1999 season, i.e. 24 years.

In two weeks, the Catalans will know their destiny earlier than the beginning of their duel in opposition to Bayern Munich on the Camp Nou: if on Wednesday October 26 at 6.45 p.m. Inter beat the not very formidable Viktoria Plzen at San Siro, Barça will begin his match at 9:00 p.m. having already been mathematically eradicated from the Champions League.

Third place within the group, synonymous with the Europa League, appears nearly sure, however it’s scant comfort in view of the ambitions of Barça, who’ve spent lavishly to strengthen themselves within the low season.

“Aspire to raised”

“Getting ready to catastrophe”, agreed the Madrid sports activities newspapers Marca and As on their respective entrance pages on Thursday. “Alive by miracle”, constructive on its entrance web page the Catalan each day Sport, whereas its competitor Mundo Deportivo was extra radical, by titling: “digital knockout”.

“It is merciless”, lamented Xavi in ​​a post-match press convention, saying to himself “offended, disenchanted, unhappy, upset, and just a little enraged”. “Our errors killed us,” summed up the Catalan coach.

“With the recruitment we made, we needed to aspire to raised,” mentioned captain Sergio Busquets after the match.

Final season, the elimination of the C1 had accomplished Barça, already sounded by the departure of its emblem Lionel Messi at Paris SG and weakened by a number of financial and institutional earthquakes.

Defeated (3-2, 1-1) within the quarter-finals of C3 by Eintracht Frankfurt, future winner of the competitors, Barça then tried the whole lot to seek out the entrance of the European scene.

He activated a number of financial levers, signed a colossal new sponsorship contract with Spotify and mortgaged shares of his property to spend 143 M EUR and appeal to seven gamers in the course of the summer season switch window.

Excessive-sounding names, like Raphinha, Jules Koundé or Lewandowski, which won’t be amortized straight away.

Financial catastrophe

Sunday, in the course of the abnormal common meeting of Barça, the leaders introduced a report provisional funds of 1.255 billion euros … assuming that their workforce would attain no less than the stage of the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

By falling from the group stage, Barça subsequently misses the advantage bonuses paid by UEFA: 9.6 M EUR for qualification for the spherical of 16 and 10.6 M EUR for qualification for the quarters.

That’s, in complete, a shortfall of no less than EUR 20.2 million… which can’t be made up for even within the occasion of a victory within the Europa League (everything of their journey to victory would convey them EUR 14.4m).

To not point out the shortfall in ticketing and by-product merchandise, provided that the oppositions in C3 are more likely to arouse much less curiosity than the massive posters of C1.

This bitter failure will be defined sportingly: cascading accidents, a patched up and determined protection, responsible executives, like Busquets or Gerard Pique …

“We made errors that we aren’t allowed to make at this stage. It is a laborious blow, however we have now to attempt to get better rapidly mentally, to go to the Bernabéu with confidence”, advised Eric Garcia on the remaining whistle.

As a result of the subsequent deadline arrives on Sunday (4:15 p.m.) for the Blaugranas, with the primary clasico of the season in La Liga. And Actual Madrid readily imagines itself because the gravedigger of a Barça on the sting of the abyss.

This text has been printed mechanically. Sources: ats / afp

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