Beaten at Camp Nou in Supercup of Spain to go by Real Madrid on Sunday (3-1), FC Barcelona, of which it was the first official match without Neymar, accuses misses that it will have to fill. Before the return (today 23:00), focus on 3 projects.
That Sergio Busquets emerges from his usual reserve may be a sign that the entire Barcelona locker room is questioning. After the defeat against Real Madrid in the first round of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday at Camp Nou (3-1, returning at 23:00), the Spanish international asked for signatures.
While his former teammate Neymar was smiling at the same time of his successful debut in Guingamp with the PSG, he grumbled in mixed zone: “It is not because of this defeat that the team needs reinforcements but because it Must be renewed. We have to (recruit) whatever happens. ”
Not a matter of circumstances, but of substance. Busquets did not say so, but in addition to Neymar’s line-up, the middle line was also questioning as the new coach, Ernesto Valverde, was waiting for Paulinho and seemed to prefer Aleix Vidal to Sergi Roberto as the right-hand side.
1. What successor to Neymar?
Deulofeu may only be an interim in the old garden of Neymar. The Catalan club accelerates on Dembélé (Dortmund) and Coutinho (Liverpool). With the € 222 million reported to him the biggest transfer in history, Barça has ample means to try to reconstruct a trident of shock alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. “We are Barça,” asserts Valverde. We want to be the best team and until 31 August (end of the transfer window), like all the other teams, the market is open to us. “
Le défi est de taille. Andres Iniesta (33 ans) n’est pas éternel à ce niveau. Ivan Rakitic a été irrégulier la saison dernière. Denis Suarez ou André Gomes n’ont pas encore prouvé qu’ils avaient l’étoffe pour succéder à Xavi. Et si l’ancien maître a encensé le Niçois Jean-Michaël Seri, c’est un joueur au profil de bulldozer qui va (d’abord ?) débarquer en Catalogne avec Paulinho.
Recruté contre 40 M€ au Guangzhou Evergrande en Chine, ce milieu «à l’anglaise» pourrait offrir au technicien espagnol une alternative au 4-3-3 de référence au Camp Nou. Paulinho (29 ans) est attendu jeudi alors que le Barça lancera sa saison en Liga dimanche contre le Betis Séville (20h15).