Barcelona (dpa) – The home bankruptcy of FC Barcelona in the Spanish football league against relegation candidate FC Cádiz has caused great displeasure in the Catalan metropolis.
“Total collapse” was the headline in the Barcelona newspaper “La Vanguardia”. The rival newspaper “El Periódico” meanwhile sees the club and the team with national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen sinking “in a black hole”.
Second bankruptcy in a row at the Camp Nou
Only on Thursday did Barcelona say goodbye to the Europa League with a surprising 2: 3 at home against Eintracht Frankfurt. Now there was also the first home defeat against Cádiz in the league after eleven wins and two draws. The fans at the Camp Nou last saw two bankruptcies in a row in 2003. Two league series also broke on Monday evening: most recently there had been seven wins and 15 games without defeat in a row.
Coach Xavi made no secret of his anger. “I’m angry. We lacked trust, enthusiasm and will,” complained the 42-year-old coach. Now you have to qualify for the Champions League “at all costs”, he demanded.
It won’t be easy: The second in the Primera División is being pressured in the table by FC Sevilla and Atlético Madrid, who have the same number of points. All have 60 points, but the Catalans have one less encounter after 32 of 38 rounds. Betis Sevilla with 57 and Real Sociedad with 55 points still have chances in the exciting race for the premier class qualification.
Real Madrid in front of 35th league title
Barcelona are 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid. The record champion can secure his 35th league title with ex-Bayern Toni Kroos and David Alaba at the weekend.
Before the final sprint, the mood in Barcelona is anything but good. After the great anger at tens of thousands of guest fans in the bankruptcy against Frankfurt, Ultras boycotted the game against Cadiz. Other fans demanded the resignation of club boss Joan Laporta at a demonstration in front of the stadium on Monday evening.
Laporta explained at a short-term press conference that the unusually strong presence of Eintracht supporters was due to “misconduct by some club members and a tour operator” with whom they no longer work. The club was “not guilty, but the main responsible,” he admitted. In the future, there will only be personalized tickets for international games.