Rome is even more difficult to explain

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Barcelona has lived previous hours placid finals than the day before yesterday in Madrid. It was not easy for Ernesto Valverde the fact of being marked by a confidential leaked from the Board of Directors at the gates of his first official title as coach azulgrana. Neither the bulk of the staff understood the meaning, and especially the moment, of the information published by ‘Mundo Deportivo’ in its Saturday edition. “It is not time for reproaches, this points us all”, they completed from the sports field of the entity, where the stupefaction also reigned.

“The failures in big clubs generate cataclysms”, Relativizó Ernesto Valverde when, after the exhibition of his team against Sevilla, was questioned at a press conference by the curious harangue that received ‘from above’ in the preview of the Cup final The ‘Txingurri’ bit his tongue, as is usual with him, but paid for his discomfort with a serious face and a frugal celebration of his first Copa del Rey as coach. He fell silent after achieving the goal brilliantly. His club had been imposed with total superiority (5-0), had signed one of their best matches of the season and, best of all, had been recognizable after the disaster in Rome. It was not a plan to be news or to charge bills.

The recital in the Cup final, the gateway to what will be the eighth double in the history of Barça, relieves the negative comments about the figure of Valverde and saves time for Pep Segura and Robert Fernández, whose continuity is also a matter (about all of the Valencian, who ends contract this June 30). However, there is another reading that stings at the club. The radical change of face that exhibited the team makes even more incomprehensible the traumatic elimination of the Champions in the return of the quarterfinals. It can not be explained only with the change of Philippe Coutinho, not aligned this course in the maximum competition, by Nélson Semedo.

Surely there are more things, but the technicians try to turn the page. “That’s why football is so great,” they conclude on the contrast between the performances of the Olympic of Rome and the Metropolitan. They reinforce the thesis that “the host” of 12 days ago was an accident with dire consequences. At the Board they do not see it at all like that. In fact, Bartomeu continues to meditate changing things in the sports organization chart.

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