Barça’s season lasted two months

It could be said, without incurring a great exaggeration, that the season of the FC Barcelona men’s first team began on February 6, 2022with the 4-2 victory against Atlético de Madrid at the Camp Nou, and ended on April 6, immediately after the national team break, with the tight 1-0 win against Sevilla with a great goal from Pedri. In those two months, all the good things that the Barça team, led by Xavi Hernández, had to offer their fans this season were concentrated, including a surprising win at the Santiago Bernabéu that in times of scarcity was celebrated as a title. Outside of that period, before and after, there has been hardly anything that memory bothers to rescue.. Only vanity and affliction of spirit, as the ‘Ecclesiastes’ says.

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Put in perspective, it is quite miraculous that just 60 days of good play and splendid results could end up being enough to place Barça in the Champions League. If it’s finally like this, the ‘culer’ fan can already find himself with a song in his teeth, although the achievement is not due so much to the merits of the Barça team as to the irregularity of the rivals in a League that a decidedly vulgar Real Madrid is going to win with the cap.

In the event (today still uncertain) that this classification is obtained, perhaps it will be possible to make a positive reading of this calamitous April: the horrendous games against Eintracht Frankfurt, Cádiz and Rayo Vallecano have given us the real measure of some players who between February and March, we now know, performed well above their average performance. The files accumulate on the table of the technical secretariat and Xavi begins to press. Right now, of the entire workforce, there are only four names (Araujo, Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati) whose continuity nobody dares to question. How the club’s leaders manage everything else without overflowing the narrow financial limits that the entity’s battered economy imposes will depend on whether next season lasts just over two months.

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