With the echoes of their humiliating loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League ringing loud in the memory, the need for strengthening Barcelona’s fragile defence has become an inevitable necessity.
Barcelona were sent packing in their semi-final clash with Bayern, as the treble-winners humbled the Spanish giants 7-0 on aggregate.
FC Barcelona’s incompetence in defence was highlighted in the most embarrassing way possible, when their frail back line was no match for Bayern’s attacking prowess.
Having been stripped bare of every shred of their dignity at the claws of the Bavarians, surely the summer transfer window allowed Barca to desperately hunt for world-class defenders.
But 'defence' has certainly not been the priority of the Catalan club as far as their actions indicate. They have been far more intent on emptying the bank to seal a deal for the Santos superstar, Neymar Junior.
And so far, their transfer window has been laden with fruitless endeavours to recruit a star defender.
Apart from their coup of the Brazilian sensation, the Catalans have not acquired a single other player. They have however been rather busy selling some of their most prized assets - Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich and striker David Villa to rivals Atletico Madrid for an outrageous potential fee of just £4.4 million.
The signing of the Brazilian talisman, Neymar has been met with a warm embrace from Barca fans. But the flaw still remains in the Barcelona lineup.
Neymar might have added a few more goals for Barcelona if he was available for their CL semi-final duel, but that would not be enough to recover from their seven-goal deficit.
What Barca really needed was an experienced defender with high composure, proficiency in tackling and the capability to blend seamlessly into Barcelona’s complex style of play.
And only such a defender can restore Barcelona to the throne of European domination and revive their venerable reputation in world football.
To make matters worse, the Barca head coach Tito Vilanova has announced his resignation from the post, leaving the club in a state of despair. Having been usurped from the helm of European domination in an opprobrious fashion, and locked in a state of instability with the resignation of the coach. The club president Sandro Rosell should avert his attention away from the extravagant signings and emphasise on fulfilling the club’s priorities.
Should he fail do it, then he too could soon be saying goodbye to FCB. Every club has their ups and downs and none of them are of flawless perfection.
But this fabled club has never failed to live up to the expectations of their passionate fans. And history has witnessed it countless times of how these legends of the game have risen from the ashes of their demise. With unwavering determination, and pure spirit, it won’t be long before the former European Champions are reinstated as the 'Kings of Europe'.
And as consolation for Barca fans all around the world I convey my message of comfort to their dejected hearts, and as long they remain inspired by hope and bound by loyalty, then their support to their club will always come to fruition.
And let us remember that for a fan in need is a fan indeed.
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